The narrative princess and the online ogre
Read part one
Read part two
- Base Unit (lead). Here the key questions are answered: What, When, Who, Where.
- Explanation Level. This answers Why and How, completing the essentials on the event.
- Contextualisation Level. Further information is provided on each of the previous W’s, whether in text format, video and sound.
- Exploration Level. At this level, the news is linked to the publication’s archives or to external ones.
In order to get a clearer picture of this matter, I thought it might be helpful if I asked someone in the industry (someone who is also interested in finding a way to make long form journalism work online) some of the questions that my research has raised so far. Here is what Gareth Main (Bearded Magazine) thinks about this issue:
What do you think the relationship between long form music journalism and online media is? Are they compatible? If not, do you think they could get along somehow?
Do you think there is still an audience out there that reads (or would like to read) long narrative pieces, in an age when people read the news on their iPhones?
What’s keeping the print industry alive? Old habits die hard or there is actually something out there on paper that can't be replaced on screen?
Do you think music journalism should align to the same standards of objectivity and rigor as any other form of journalism? Or is it more flexible when it comes to the author’s personal views?
Does music journalism still exist in an environment where any blogger with a passion for music can call himself a music journalist? And does it still make a difference to the audiences and the bands?
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Bruns, A., 2005, Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production,New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.