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ARTICLE: Narrative journalism seen as dangerous but needed

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Journalists and journalism teachers frame narrative journalism as “a dangerous game” that is still necessary for journalism, writes Kobie van Krieken and José Sanders, both of Radboud University Nijmegen.

The authors studied depictions of narrative journalism in textbooks and material created by the organisation Initiative Narrative Journalism Netherlands. In addition, van Krieken and Sanders interviewed lecturers and practitioners that are proponents of the genre.

The educational materials depicted narrative journalism as “moving”, “essential”, and “high quality journalism”. The interviews reflected parts of this, but also referred to inherent dangers in it: being careless with facts may lose journalism its credibility. Interestingly, working journalists were adamant on rejecting fiction, while journalism teachers approved mixing fiction in narrative journalism stories, the authors noticed.

The article “Framing narrative journalism as a new genre” was published by the journal Journalism. It is freely available online (open access).

Picture: 9th Avenue Reader by Jens Schott Knudsen, licence CC BY-NC 2.0.

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