Literary Journalism Style
Assignment Content This assignment will provide practice on how to change the who, what, where, when, why, and how in a narrative. Use the following resources from the University Library databases, located on this week’s University Library Readings page: ProQuest News and Newspapers database: The New York Times (1980 present) ProQuest News and Newspapers database: The Wall Street Journal (1984 present) Part 1 Choose an event covered by The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal from the ProQuest databases located in the University Library. Use at least one article from each of these newspapers as references for writing your paper. Study these articles in preparation for writing. Write a 525-word article in a literary journalism style covering the selected event, emphasizing scenes over personal commentary. Note: Articles from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and some other resources on the list would have been written in a traditional news style, which tends to avoid undue slanting or editorializing of the facts of the story. Conversely, in your literary journalism article, you may find it necessary to take a stand to tell the story with greater impact. Format your paper consistent with MLA guidelines. Note: Students who are not enrolled in the BA in English program may use APA formatting without penalty. Part 2 Write a 300-word reflection of your literary journalism article, comparing the coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to your article. Include your thoughts on the following: How does your literary journalism article differ from the articles you read about the event, which were written in a more traditional newspaper style? What choices did you make in your article that would not be appropriate for news journalism? Are there any facts or details in the more traditional newspaper-style articles that you chose to minimize or leave out of your article because of its literary journalism style? If so, why? If not, was it a problem to get them to fit your narrative? Are there any facts or details in the more traditional newspaper-style articles that you chose to emphasize or add to your article because of its literary journalism style? If so, why? If not, was this problematic in making your narrative work? What ethical challenges do writers of each type of journalistic writing face that the other type does not? Format your paper consistent with MLA guidelines.