Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.
Chapter 12: News as Stories
News as Stories
Anews story is news. It is also a story. Because it is a story, readers can expect it to have a beginning, a middle, and an end and to operate by some standard conventions of narrative prose. It is purportedly a true story; that is, a story about something that happened. Because it is a true story, it is responsible not only to literary convention but to a faithful rendering and even a verifiably faithful rendering of what really happened.
Journalists are often more aware of the claims they make to truth than the fact that they present their work in the form of a story. “I guess usually I don't consider myself a storyteller,” said Philadelphia Inquirer investigative reporter William ...