The Rapid Media Change Theory of the History of American Literary Journalism

Literary journalism emerges during times of rapid media change This essay is excerpted and adapted from Jonathan D. Fitzgerald’s forthcoming book How the News Feels: The Empathic Power of Literary Journalists (University of Massachusetts Press, July 2023). When I was in graduate school and beginning to approach the field of literary journalism studies, I was…

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Against Split Personality Pedagogy

Teaching literary journalism reporting techniques across the journalism curriculum *Editor’s note: This article is from our archives. It originally appeared in Literary Journalism vol. 13, no. 2 (2019). If you’re reading this article, you’re likely already engaged in the teaching and study of literary journalism. But you probably also teach classes other than literary journalism,…

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Literary Journalism In Fin-De-Siècle Vienna

A cultural tradition of newspapers. *Editor’s note: This article is from our archives. It originally appeared in Literary Journalism vol. 12, no. 2 (2018).  Newspapers may not be the first cultural output that springs to mind in connection with Vienna, a city best known for its artistic and intellectual accomplishments over the last century. Instead,…

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IALJS at AEJMC Detroit Held in Person

Panelists convened to discuss nonfiction ethics and literary aesthetics After two consecutive years online, IALJS sessions at the annual AEJMC meeting took place in person. Detroit, Michigan was the site of this year’s conference, which featured two full sessions on August 3 dedicated to the theme of “Narrative Journalism Across Media: Nonfiction Ethics and Literary…

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In Memoriam, Norman Sims

The field of literary journalism studies lost a giant this year The field of literary journalism studies lost a giant on Sunday, May 15, 2022.  Norman Sims (1948-2022), a professor emeritus of journalism at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is widely acknowledged as the founder of the field. His three edited volumes as well as…

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CfP: The Art of Fact in Science and Nature Writing Session, IALJS at AEJMC 2023

Call for Panel Participants Sessions Organized by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies To Be Held at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication August 7–10, 2023 Washington, D.C., USA The Art of Fact in Science and Nature Writing In the age of COVID-19 and climate change, science…

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Literary Journalism in Twentieth Century Turkey

Literary journalism in twentieth century Turkey can be divided into two periods: pre-1950, when the first reportages were published, and post-1950. After 1950, examples of direct literary journalism began to proliferate. There are about fifteen direct literary journalism examples in this century ranging in topic from adventure to torturing. Some of these studies are: Ben…

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Hybrid, Funny, Dramatic and Back Together after Three Years

IALJS-16 was a conference like no other I feel I stand firmly on the safe side of truth when I state that the sixteenth conference of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS) was like none of the previous ones.  First, it was devilishly difficult to organize because the COVID, travel, economic and political…

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2022 IALJS Annual Business Meeting Minutes

Minutes from meeting held at IALJS-16 in Santiago, Chile on 13 May 2022 President Rob Alexander called the 2022 annual business meeting of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies to order at 5:05 p.m.  It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes from the 2021 IALJS annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, held remotely…

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Exploring the Literary Journalism of the Interwar Years in France, Germany, and England

An xploration of how historical trends in narrative literary journalism in France, Germany, the U.S. and England of the interwar years reshaped the media landscape

The Lettered City

How the Crónicas of Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora helped shape New Spain  *Editor’s note: This article is from our archives. It originally appeared in Literary Journalism vol. 14, no. 2 (2020).  In Latin America, the crónica is an historical matter. Everything starts with the Crónicas de Indias, a group of texts written by conquerors, soldiers and…

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The Footprints in the Text

How do we keep an eye on process behind the product of literary journalism? I should start by acknowledging that I came to literary journalism studies per se (hereafter LJS) through something of a side-door:  from American Studies, where I had been most recently writing about police power. And aside from an unabashedly partisan stint…

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