New stories: structure, production and reception of multimedia journalism

How are multimedia stories being told? For her PHD, Renée van der Nat investigates how narrativity is achieved multimedia journalism productions. This research project consists of three parts: narratological analyses of these multimedia stories, interviews with the journalists who made them, and audience research inquiring how news users interact with these stories.   


Journalism is reinventing itself.  Despite its difficulties adapting to changes in today’s media landscape, journalism today is marked my experimentation and innovation. 

Media convergence has changed journalism significantly these past few decades. The boundaries between media have largely disappeared, both on an organizational level and in the content newsroom produce and the way in which this is consumed. The contemporary journalist produces content for multiple media and platforms, combining them to news types of digital stories. This ideal of a crossmedia production process is now dominant in Dutch news rooms. This coincides with an increased importance of the audience. In fact, for the first time in history journalists are thinking about how their readers are consuming their stories.

This results in a wide range of new storytelling practices, such as liveblogs, interactive documentaries or stories distributed across social media. By understanding how the structure, production and reception of these stories, I wish develop practical models and guides for journalists and journalism students.