Objectivity and narrative in contemporary reporting: A formal analysis

Ralph E. Hanson

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Traditionally, Americans have held the ideal that newspapers should transmit knowledge to readers by giving "objective" accounts of official events. This article argues that many news stories have extended objectivity through the use of narrative. Stories attempt to evoke feelings in the reader by drawing on a shared stock of knowledge held by members of society through the use of narrative storytelling techniques rather than attempting to transmit neutral information through the form of objectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalSymbolic Interaction
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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