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SEMINAR REFLECTION – AMERICAN NEW JOURNALISM

Following on from last week’s lecture, George Orwell’s style of writing was put into perspective and given a title; we were introduced to the concept of ‘New Journalism’. New Journalism is commonly compared to factual nonfiction and relies greatly on accuracy and objectivity. New journalism practitioners are expected to produce factually correct stories, without fabricating the details. Tom Wolfe, the person who produced guidance for new journalists and writer of the book ‘New Journalism’, had his own idea of how to be successful when writing in such a manner. He suggested ideas on how to ensure fiction can be differentiated with nonfiction literary works successfully. He introduced the following four literary devices: dialogue, scene-by-scene construction, concrete details, and showing activity’. New journalists are encouraged to follow these devices as guidance on how to remain objective as well as giving the reader more details than one would receive from a standard report. New journalists allow the readers to immerse themselves in the story, triggering deep emotions and truly feeling that they are a part of the story. The author acts as a reporter who finds himself amongst the people of the story and living life with those people, really allowing him to find out facts that a usual reporter wouldn’t. One of the exponents of this style of writing was Truman Capote. He wrote a true account of multiple murder in Cold Blood. This book was a true reportage of the murder in Kansas and provided the reader with stark details throughout the book. Al though it was a new concept, his book came to be one of the best selling novels of all time.

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