History reveals to us, with the invention of the first telephone, typewriter, computer, and internet discovery, that information and the transport of essential data is the basis of our world.
With the sizzle of technology and innovative growth, we strive for more ways to become informed and remain so. The notifications that pop onto phone screens, along with other mobile devices, proves a push for interaction. The urgency of journalism appears here, the most pressing of headlines appearing at our finger tips, creating the feeling of, “I must swipe now” and “I must click here.”
The world of information and news is speedy and it will only become faster as time progresses evermore forward.
When discussing news and reporting, it is important to establish that journalism and literary journalism are different and not interchangeable terms. While both are a form of storytelling and global updates, their style and way of transporting news sits on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Journalism is data driven. It is straight to the point and can sometimes steer the reader in a non-explicit direction, disguising bias. Literary journalism combines factual reporting with fiction. The term fiction is not used in the instance of “false” but rather of the techniques the genre possesses, which includes plot, characterization, vivid description, a mixture of narration and dialogue, and more.
Literary journalism is a unique type of reporting and traces back to the days of Truman Capote and his release of the controversial novel, In Cold Blood. Since the mid 1900s, literary journalism has gained momentum, and minus a bad rap, has earned its righteous spot in news.
Literary journalism offers an enjoyable reading experience when it comes to sharing stories. There is another layer of thrill and immersion. Composed in this blog is a series of some of the most interesting and stellar examples of literary journalism I have read.
The LA Times
1). A PTA mother in Irvine, California, worked hard to earn the respect and admiring of students, teachers, and faculty. Her safe and quiet lifestyle tumbled upside down after becoming framed by her only two enemies. A drug stash and court dates, this mother struggles to find normalcy after a tarnished reputation. From beginning to end, the action is high and intense.
1). When the story of another shooting erupts, whether inside a school or in the middle of a community, our minds focus on the motives of the shooter and the pain and suffering each victim experiences. There is another side of shootings that is often forgotten, hardly realized; the scenes surgeons and doctor’s witness as they assess the victim. A Huffpost article engages the reader with a day-in-the-life style of one of the most established surgeons who has removed bullets from bodies and seen the most wounded of skeletons.
1). The earthquake and tsunami that devastated life in Japan in 2011 produced destructive results and lifestyles turned upside down. The tragic natural disaster impacted lives from young to old; children, parents, farmers, and others. Descriptive language and dialogue from the people who witnesses and experienced the series of quakes and rushing water, speak on its accounts.
1). Headlines of heroin have swept the nation and will surely continue to do so. When 60 reporters and photographers explore local communities, the horrific and intense scenes that unfold in front of them make these stories shimmer with a rawness and call for help. Visual data, photographs, and narration work to bring another side of the heroin epidemic to life.
The New Yorker
1). Compassion for the elderly derives from their younger days of hard work and their deteriorating health. Respecting your elders, it may seem, has nothing to do with taking away their rights and allowing the government to toss them into a housing community they never wanted to attend in the first place. These very real “Guardians” are able to do just that and do more harm than good.
The New York Times
1). Working inside a nail salon might sound like a beautiful and fulfilling job, helping people feel like their true selves. Inside these shops, the gruesome work and sloppy pay seems to follow the employees home. Hunched back for hours on end, rewarded with minimal compensation, and crammed inside tiny shared apartments, the working conditions inside New York City’s nail salons are not for the faint-hearted. This article screams in riveting truth.