ERIC Number: ED246432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The "Facts" of El Salvador According to Objective and New Journalism.
The debate between objective and new journalism centers upon the question of which approach factually depicts reality. Both genres, however, are part of one fact/fiction matrix in which all narrative forms since John Locke have been based upon factuality. The difference between the genres is that new journalism relies upon the sensory data of individuals and their own experience to form a unified picture of reality. Objective journalism relies on the procedural data provided by participants in bureaucratic processes for facts about the passage of an event through administrative categories. A comparison of fact in two narratives about El Salvador during June 1982 shows that Joan Didion's new journalism report from an individual locus of consciousness is shaped by the needs of a biological organism, while the objective journalism report of the "New York Times" reveals an accommodation of individual reporter Raymond Bonner with the public locus of the national newspaper of record and its political, economic, and military interests. (Author/CRH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: El Salvador; Journalists
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).