ERIC Number: ED056504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov-15
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The New Journalism. The Underground Press, the Artists of Nonfiction, and Changes in the Established Media.
Johnson, Michael L.
The term "New Journalism" refers to a different style of journalistic writing which is based on a renewed commitment to principles of honesty and thoroughness and which encourages writers to exercise the freedom of a new subjective, creative, and candid style of reportage and commentary. The significance of New Journalism as a mode of public education and art is interpreted and explained in this book. The first two chapters offer an illustrative history of the underground press, including its growth and its cultural and social significance. Journalistic writing from the perspectives of various subcultures of America is also examined: the student revolution, black rationalism, rock culture, hippie culture, drug culture, and New Left politics. Presented next is a critical survey of New Journalism as a literary form with discussion of the styles of Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, and Truman Capote. Other New Journalists are described as ranging between two extremes: those who are transforming journalism into an art form and the New Muckrakers. They are considered under areas about which they have written--the general scene, the race and war scene, and the youth and radical scene. A discussion of changes in the journalistic attitudes of the established media and the future of New Journalism concludes the book. (Author/SH)
Descriptors: Black Power, Journalism, Literary Styles, Mass Media, New Journalism, News Media, Nonfiction, Political Issues, Social Change, Student Subcultures, Writing (Composition)
The University of Kansas Press, 358 Watson Library, Lawrence, Kansas 66044 ($6.95 cloth; $2.95 paper)
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Identifiers: Muckraking; New Left; Underground Press