Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kathy Roberts Forde
Scholars and observers of American journalism have spent considerable effort attempting to define a form of expression that many have come to call literary or narrative journalism. As the terms suggest, this journalistic form occupies a space between the imaginative nature of fictive literature on one hand, and the empiricism of the objective, inverted pyramid style of news report on the other. Since the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s reinvigorated an American tradition of literary journalism dating at least to the nineteenth century, the form has generated substantial professional, scholarly, and popular interest, not to mention debate. Narrative journalism can be found in magazines, books, newspapers, radio shows, broadcast news, and Internet reports. It is used to tell timely stories about actual people and events in topical areas ranging from human interest stories to business reportage to the explanation of complex medical and scientific phenomena as well ...