Interpretive Journalism

Interpretive journalism refers to a form of journalism that presupposes and includes some degree of interpretation by the journalist in the news coverage, opposed to the straightforward descriptions of facts that characterize descriptive journalism. Interpretive journalism implies that the dominant voice in the news report is the journalist, not the information source. It is a style of reporting centered on the journalist to the detriment of sources, which empowers journalists, by giving them more control over content, through the selection of themes and the possibility of adding new meaning to facts.

Interpretive journalism thus goes beyond source-driven, fact-focused, and descriptive journalism. At the story-level, rather than simply providing descriptions of what happened, interpretive journalism entails the inclusion of journalistic interpretation and analysis in the news through ...

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