New Journalism


: journalism that features the author's subjective responses to people and events and that often includes fictional techniques meant to illuminate and dramatize those responses
New Journalist noun

Examples of New Journalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the other interviewees are fellow New Journalism stars Gay Talese and Gail Sheehy; satirical novelist Christopher Buckley; historian Niall Ferguson; and Wolfe’s daughter, Alexandra Wolfe. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023 It’s considered one of the high-water marks of New Journalism, nearly 25,000 words about a fundraiser for the Black Panthers held at Leonard Bernstein’s apartment. Christopher Bonanos, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2023 The magazine gave a home to the New Journalism of Tom Wolfe and others. John Warner, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2023 But then, as in much of the New Journalism, Mailer is more concerned about describing his inebriated perspective on events than the events themselves. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 28 Apr. 2023 The late, great Joan Didion defined for me and for countless others who desired to follow in her footsteps the concept of New Journalism, a truly literary approach to non-fiction and reportage. David L. Coddoncontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 The New Journalism exerts a strong influence on Chinese writers. Leslie T. Chang, The New York Review of Books, 21 Sep. 2022 Jann Wenner is a kind of Zelig of the incestuous realms of rock ’n’ roll, pop culture, the radical youth politics that evolved into today’s progressivism, and the New Journalism. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 An early version of the New Journalism, that book featured Southern California’s hot-rod scene as well as the spectacular growth of Las Vegas. Peter Richardson, The New Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of New Journalism was in 1960

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“New Journalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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