New Journalism

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New Journalism,

intensely subjective approach to journalistic writing prevalent in the United States during the 1960s and 70s, incorporating stylistic techniques associated with fiction in order to produce a vivid and immediate nonfiction style. During a time marked by political, social, and cultural upheaval, New Journalism's practitioners adopted what they considered to be exciting and appropriate methods of reporting, combining personal impressions and opinions, reconstructing dialogue and slang, and writing from the point of view of their subjects. Writers who used this idiosyncratic style include Tom WolfeWolfe, Tom
(Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.), 1931–2018, American journalist and novelist, b. Richmond, Va., B.A. Washington and Lee Univ., 1951, Ph.D. Yale, 1957. He began his writing career as a newspaper reporter.
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 (who coined the term), Hunter S. Thompson, Joan DidionDidion, Joan
, 1934–, American writer, b. Sacramento, Calif., grad. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1956. Her works often explore the despair of contemporary American life, a condition she views as produced by the disintegration of morality and values.
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, George Plimpton, Jimmy BreslinBreslin, Jimmy
(James Earl Breslin), 1928–2017, American journalist, b. Queens, N.Y. A reporter, columnist, and author, he was a tough and witty voice for working-class New Yorkers. He began as a newspaper copy boy in the late 1940s and soon became a sportswriter.
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, Gay Talese, and, in their nonfiction works, Norman MailerMailer, Norman
(Norman Kingsley Mailer), 1923–2007, American writer, b. Long Branch, N.J., grad. Harvard, 1943. He grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., served in the army during World War II, and at the age of 25 published The Naked and the Dead (1948).
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 and Truman CapoteCapote, Truman
, 1924–84, American author, b. New Orleans as Truman Streckfus Persons. During his lifetime, the witty, diminutive writer was a well-known public personage, hobnobbing with the rich and famous and frequently appearing in the popular media, before he lapsed
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. Among the magazines most noted for publishing essays in the genre were The New Yorker, Esquire, New York, and Rolling Stone.


See T. Wolfe and E. W. Johnson, ed., The New Journalism (1973); M. Weingarten, The Gang That Wouldn't Write Straight (2009).

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Rivers's Other Voices: The New Journalism in America (2011); Lauren Kessler's The Dissident Press: Alternative Journalism in American History (1984); Bob Ostertag's People's Movements, People's Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements (2006); and Todd Vogel's The Black Press: New Literary and Historical Essays, (Vogel (Ed.
1887, when Matthew Arnold criticized the New Journalism of the 1870s and
As Hemingway wrote before the moment of New Journalism, we will come back to him later to examine his role as forefather to Mailer.
Back in the late 1960s at New York magazine, they were calling it "the new journalism," as famously practiced by Tom Wolfe.
More recently American journalistic innovations such as New Journalism and investigative journalism have also been adopted and adapted by Scandinavian reporters.
Tom Wolfe, an author and journalist best known for his association with the New Journalism (and a friend and early proponent of McLuhan), has two poems in the book--"Ping Pong" and "Man Made Whole Again.
To mark its 21st anniversary the Orwell Prize has also announced new initiatives that include a new journalism prize in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils, and a new prize for school pupils sitting their GCSEs or at sixth form, the Orwell Youth Prize.
With writers including Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe, Garcia Marquez was also an early practitioner of the literary nonfiction that would become known as New Journalism.
These authors write in a wide variety of styles and genres including short stories, novels, essays, and new journalism.
He saw more publications moving online, which is why he decided to make his new journalism venture digital-only.
Set in Miami, pioneer of New Journalism and 81-year-old Wolfe mines the race relations of this melting pot for all its worth.