Beyond the myth of journalistic storytelling: Why a narrative approach to journalism falls short [Guest Editorial Committee]

Daniel Perrin, Marta Zampa


Despite the journalism education mantra to think story, news media accounts are far more than sheer storytelling. They are more about the punchline first than suspense, more about fragments of information than comprehensive storylines, and more about story-selling than telling. News reporters do not tell stories, as such – but utilize their own narrative routines that evoke stories in people’s minds and in the public sphere. This thematic section scrutinizes the widespread storytelling approaches and techniques that journalists are taught and offers fresh and focused insights into narrative practices in the newsroom.


journalistic storytelling; Switzerland; journalism; narrative approach

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Studies in Communication Sciences | ISSN: 1424-4896