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Full Title: Beyond the Myth of Journalistic Storytelling. Why a Narrative Approach to Journalism Falls Short
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Marta Zampa
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: “Reports of new events are stories – no more, but no less”. This assertion by Gaye Tuchman (1976, 93) opened a window onto a central issue in journalism studies, i.e., the conceptualization of events in the news as stories. Since then, journalism research and education have further developed the concept of narrative journalism, which has resulted in a plethora of approaches to journalism as storytelling. In our panel, we examine this “mantra o think story” (Cotter & Perrin 2016) as relevant, but falling short and partly dysfunctional (Flath 2014). We theorize and empirically investigate why news is much more – and at the same time less – than stories and why this matters for both journalism research and practice (Perrin & Wyss, 2016). This panel offers space for considering issues such as:

- The reasons (e.g., historical, political, pragmatic) behind the conceptualization of journalism as storytelling
- The relationship between storytelling and narration in journalism and other domains, such as literature, organizational communication, and everyday conversation
- The interplay of narration with description, exposition, and in particular argumentation
- The role of this interplay in public discourse and in its constitutive processes, such as gatekeeping and framing
- The theoretical and methodological instruments for investigating this complex interplay in the dynamics of journalism in both mass and social media.

Beyond addressing such questions, we intend to contribute to better understanding and contextualizing the narrative effort of journalists. Given the challenges these practitioners must face in the contemporary news-overloaded world, it is fundamental to explore the limitations of the traditional narrative writing pattern and the opportunities it offers.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.3066

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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