Speciale om fortællende journalistik analyserer Åsne Seierstad dækning af invasionen i Irak

Speciale om fortællende journalistik undersøger Åsne Seierstads dækning af invasionen i Irak for Politiken og sammenligner den med Erik Thomles tilsvarende dækning i Jyllands-Posten

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Specialet Tellling Stories or Informing the Public om fortællende journalistik undersøger Åsne Seierstads dækning af invasionen i Irak i 2003 for Politiken og sammenligner den med Erik Thomles dækning i Jyllands-Posten

Bliver en artikel mindre troværdig eller mere mindre objektiv, hvis den er skrevet som fortælling og ikke som nyhed? Hvordan genkender man den fortællende stil, og hvad betyder stilen for læserens forståelse af indholdet? 

Det er nogle af de spørgsmål,  specialet søger at besvare. Det undersøger genren fortællende journalistiknarrative journalism –  afdækker stilens opståen, historie og udvikling parallelt med den traditionelle nyhedsstil, og giver et bud på en analysemetode, der kan bruges til at identificere fortællende elementer i journalistik. 

I specialets casestudy afprøves analysemetoden i en sammenlignende analyse af udvalgte artikler fra Åsne Seirstads Irak-dækning i 2003 og Erik Thomles dækning af de samme begivenheder i Jyllands-Posten. 

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Dissertation 2009: Telling stories or informing the public. Narrative journalism in war reporting

Telling Stories or Informing the Public is a dissertation from Swansea University on the narrative journalism and on the narrative aspects of the Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad’s journalism in the Danish paper Politiken on the war in Iraq 2003. 

This study develops a definition of narrative journalism and a qualitative method for analysing the narrative dimension of news stories. The method is applied in an in-depth of analysis of four front-page articles by Seierstad. The articles are compared to the coverage of the same events by another journalist, Erik Thomle, in the competing newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Both samples are held up against the general norms of factual/objective news journalism. 

 The analysis demonstrates that out of the four Seirstad-articles one was purely narrative, two were semi-narrative and only one was definitely non-narrative. However, when a applied to a larger sample of her articles – 18 front-page stories published from January to April 2003 – the narrative style proved to be less dominant. 

 But still, Seierstad was to a large extent using literary techniques in her journalistic writing on Iraq which is unusual in news journalism and especially in front-page articles on hard news topics such as war and conflict. The study argues that the use of literary techniques allows for a different perception of the stories, and that a semi-narrative style that combines narrative writing with the classical news style is more efficient in regard to communicating content than the factual/objective news style is when applied on its own.

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Forfatter Ulla Skovsbøl

I'm a journalist since twenty five years and a storyteller. Member of various networks of storytellers in Denmark.

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