Narrative Journalism In The 19th Century

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1. I n t r o d u c t i o n Narrative journalism is a new form of journalism that has been conquering Europe for the last decade. Before that, the genre was already used in North America. Some people see in that new fashion the sign of journalism rebirth. Some journalists are fed up with the way their profession is going. This is partially why the “long-form journalism” system was created. This idea manages to mix and connect literary storytelling techniques and journalistic report methods. The idea is to take the best of the two world, and present the reader with a new format, free from the “direct journalism” the media world is working with nowadays. However, the mooks (magazine – book) do not only use text as a media. Often, in narrative…show more content…
Mooks tend to work according to the techniques of literature, journalism and illustration. In the next paragraph, we will try and understand the roots of those three fields. Narrative journalism “Narrative journalism”, or “long-form journalism”, or “creative journalism” (or still many more other synonyms) has no proper birthdate. It all came together through an evolution of the literary and journalistic genres. Some people pinpoint the start of this journalistic style in the late 1950’s and in the 1960’s. At that time, some authors began working on non-fiction novels (such as Truman Capote, Rodolpho Walsh, Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion…) (Phelan, 2013). They all worked on books that, though they were composed of facts and real stories, were also written according to the literary genre. This allowed them to state facts by story-telling. Most of these writers are also journalists. From then on, the style was used as a form of journalism. But the world of media being what it is, the practice soon lost its fight against the “hot news”. Media magnates decided that it was more important to give then “fresher” news as fast as possible, sometimes at the expense of quality content and
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