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Literary Journalism

What is it?
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Nicole St. Jean

on 3 December 2012

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Foundation Nutriment Part 1 Part 2 Results Core Ethical Literary Journalism Literary Journalism What is it? Journalism Literature Journalism is a composition of nonfiction. It “refers to the practice of investigating and reporting events, issues, and trends to the mass audiences” via various mediums of mass communication"(Masse). Literature refers to writing that is characteristic of literature and of literary quality. A collusion between the two is referred to as literary journalism. It falls under the genre of “narrative nonfiction”, and has been called the “literature of fact”(Masse). It is also referred to interchangeably as digressive narrative nonfiction, creative journalism, and new journalism. Truman Capote described it as “a serious new art form that combined the power of truth with the drama of story" (Capote). Journalism “requires saturation/immersion reporting and field observation”, and is held up by the truths, ethics, and credibility of the advanced sources it uses (Masse). Such includes “historical and public records, legal documents, diaries, personal correspondence, and a myriad of material from publications, databases, and websites"(Masse). Literature requires the use of literary techniques such as “scenes(dramatic narrative), characterization(psychological depth), description(sensory/status details), dialogue(versus quotes), point of view(versus objective stance), metaphors/similes, style (irony, symbolism, foreshadowing)”, and voice(Masse). Examples Criteria Requirement The book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote and The New Yorker article “Hiroshima” by John Hersey (soon made into a book) are two very popular and well-noted works of literary journalism that meet the mentioned criteria. Both are truthful, ethical, credible, and are of literary style, and merit. References: Masse, Mark. Introduction to Literary Journalism(PowerPoint). N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2012. Curtis, Anthony. What Is Journalism? University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2011. Web. 24 Oct. 2012.<http://www.uncp.edu/home/acurtis/Courses/ResourcesForCourses/Journalism/JournalismWhatIsIt.html>. Credible Journalistic
Style Elements of Literature Literary
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