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Journalism professor publishes article on "contextual journalism"

Jan 25, 2017

Posted in: News

Karen McIntyre, Ph.D., an assistant professor of journalism in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, recently published an article in an academic journal regarding an alternative form of news writing. 

McIntyre served as lead author on the study, which surveyed more than 1,200 working online and print journalists on the subject of reporting methods. What the researchers found was that younger journalists, along with female journalists, value many of the key elements that exist in "contextual reporting." This type of reporting takes into consideration certain things that traditional newspaper reporting does not. Its main focus, according to the study, is to report is a socially conscious manner by looking at the news in a more holistic and "big picture" way.

There are three different types of contextual journalism: constructive, solutions and restorative narrative. All three of these different forms take unique things into consideration, but with the overarching theme of reporting stories with greater context and depth than standard news stories.

To learn more about the study, and contextual journalism in general, you can follow the links below. The Columbia Journalism Review wrote a piece on the study that can be read here.