LINGUIST List 27.3066

Tue Jul 26 2016

Confs: Disc Analysis, Ling & Lit, Pragmatics, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 26-Jul-2016
From: Marta Zampa <>
Subject: Beyond the Myth of Journalistic Storytelling. Why a Narrative Approach to Journalism Falls Short
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Beyond the Myth of Journalistic Storytelling. Why a Narrative Approach to Journalism Falls Short

Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Contact: Marta Zampa
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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.

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