New Journalism

As a proud graduate of the School of Journalism at Indiana University, I would be remiss not to comment on this research report.

Norman Mailor, Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote embodied the new journalism of the 60s and 70s with a new style of reporting characterized through immersion in the subject and a sometimes subjective viewpoint of the situation versus a strictly objective and first person account. This style took off particularly in magazine writing and in popular magazines such as Esquire and Rolling Stone. Hunter S. Thompson took it a joint and step further with his brand of new journalism called Gonzo Journalism.

Is blogging the future of news? I don't know that it will supplant traditional news in the near term, but there is a definite paradigm shift occurring that is greatly fragmenting where, how and the "angle" news is delivered. I subscribe to the Indianapolis Star Sunday Edition so my wife can get the coupons. They called recently and said they would deliver all week at no extra cost. Anything to keep the subscriber base up to sell advertising...It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that print newspaper readership is down, online news up and in between are the blogs that fill in the gaps.
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