WHAT IS INTERPRETATIVE JOURNALISM?

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INTERPRETATIVE JOURNALISM: In interpretive journalism or interpretive reporting, a journalist must go beyond simply reporting the essential details of an event in order to go beyond normal news coverage.

WHAT IS INTERPRETATIVE JOURNALISM?

In interpretive journalism or interpretive reporting, a journalist must go beyond simply reporting the essential details of an event in order to go beyond normal news coverage.

The practice of interpretative journalism overlaps with a number of other journalism genres as a result of the lack of clear boundaries and the diversity of theoretical approaches related to what interpretative journalism is in the modern world.

Additionally, the operationalization of interpretative journalism becomes significantly muddled, since their work includes searching for the mechanisms, causes, and effects that help to explain what they are reporting, interpretive journalists, need to have atypical awareness of and comprehension of a subject.

DEFINITIONS OF INTERPRETATIVE JOURNALISM

“It is reporting news depth and with care, news refreshed with background materials to make it comprehensive and meaningful. It is objective judgment based on background knowledge of a situation or appraisal of an event which are essential parts of news.”

Lester Markel, editor, The Sunday New Yorks Times

It goes beyond the basic facts of an event or topic to provide context, analysis, and possible consequences.

Brant Houston, executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors

“It is giving the reading public accurate information as fully as the importance of any story dictates.”

William Turner Catledge, editor, The New York Times

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