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The text is comprehensive and includes extensive details on the elements of narrative journalism, which are the same as elements of fiction (plot, them, mood, character, setting). Each chapter contains one element and delves into the intricacies... read more
The text is comprehensive and includes extensive details on the elements of narrative journalism, which are the same as elements of fiction (plot, them, mood, character, setting). Each chapter contains one element and delves into the intricacies and nuances of the storytelling devices.
It is not only accurate in its content, but also relevant to today’s narrative journalist insofar as it looks at the “new” medias (graphica, social media, digital storytelling platforms) and explains ways in which all of these can be used to enhance the narrative journalism format, thus increasing its relevance and longevity as much as can be increased in this ever-changing landscape.
Like other texts of its type on the journalism field, it is current and relevant until it isn't.
As well, the book reads like a well-written novel, with easily-accessible prose and numerous “real-world” examples, presumably written by Wielechowski’s students, as he is a professor of narrative journalism and environmental science journalism at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. The text is consistent and broken down into nine easily readable chapters that focus not only on the subtleties of the form but include excellent student samples as well.
The text follows today's journalism vocabulary throughout, making it an easy read for the modern journalist.
The book contains nine chapters and 90 pages of well-crafted text highlighting the art of narrative journalism and distinguishing it from other fact-based types of journalistic writing, including straight news, scripting, graphica and digital storytelling.
The chapters are consistent and cohesive in their linearity.
Including the attached videos, the text is a delight to interact with.
As should be any text, but especially one in journalism, the text is free of grammatical and mechanical errors.
The book follows the journalistic traditions of objectivity and non-bias.
With excellent organization, and good structure and flow, the text also includes links to online versions of the anecdotes within and is free of any noticeable errors (as any journalism text should be!). By using narratives from contemporary America, Wielechowski’s Introduction to Narrative Journalism is a fundamental OER for any current high school or collegiate publications adviser.
Table of Contents
- . Main Body
- 1. Ethics
- 2. Research
- 3. The Five Elements of Fiction
- 4. Theme
- 5. Character
- 6. Setting
- 7. Plot
- 8. Point of View
- 9. Digital Storytelling
About the Book
This textbook was created for beginning narrative journalists exploring the craft. It is inspired by the Narrative Journalism course (JASS/COMP/ENGL 310) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and it is intended to be used as a guide and handbook. It is structured around the five elements of fiction, and provides both instruction and student examples of various narrative journalism projects.
About the Contributors
Benjamin Wielechowski, University of Michigan-Dearborn