Different Styles of Journalism

In my last blog I discussed the different areas in which  you could choose to focus your journalism education.  It involved the different areas in the journalism industry. Now I’d like to look at something else, the style of journalism you want to pursue. Journalism covers an incredibly wide array of careers, and just as many different ways to approach the field. Here are a few different specific kinds of journalism you might want to pursue.

Sports reporting is a major field in journalism, photo by KOMUnews

Sports reporting is a major field in journalism, photo by KOMUnews

Investigative Journalism – The most famous kind of journalism is this. In movies and in the media, these reporters chase tips and run down leads, putting pieces together to make an explosive front page story. But stories like Woodward and Berstein and the Watergate scandal are pretty rare, and while investigative journalism is important, it is usually not as exciting and glamorous as it is made out to be. It does take a different kind of reporter, with a willingness to commit to a long, deep story, to pursue this kind of reporting.

Advocacy Journalism – Journalism that openly has a slant to it, to promote a particular idea or belief, is called advocacy journalism. It is not intended to be opinion based, or gonzo, but instead a way to delivering the news from a particular viewpoint. This type of reporting is becoming more common in the mainstream media.

Gonzo Journalism – Made famous by Hunter S Thompson, this style of journalism is charged with opinion, avoids objectivity, and usually is formatted as a first person narrative, making the reporter part of the story. These kind of stories can be used to report news, but are usually charged with personality and fueled by emotion, and often times humorous.

News Writing – Just the facts, ma’am. The essence of writing good news is avoiding any subjectivity and presenting a maximum of information with a minimum of personal opinion. But it still has to be a compelling story, not just a recitation of facts.

Entertainment Writing – This is a softer end of journalism, focused entirely around the entertainment industry. This can mean news and updates about movies, shows, books, video games, web sites, or of famous personalities. Celebrity gossip even counts, but just barely. It can also mean reviews and opinion articles about these forms of art.

Sports Journalism – Delivering stories based around athletes, games, and sports has never been well respected in the world of journalism. And yet, it is more in demand than most traditional areas of journalism. There are still many print publications dealing with sports news, as well as television and radio broadcasts based entirely around sports. The world of sports journalism has grown to the point where it exists in many different mediums, and has a lot of room for different kinds of reporting.

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