Dissertation statement

New journalism is it relevant today?

New journalism changed the way journalist could tell a story. It was at a time where a journalist and publisher where one in the same. The writing was controlled, the journalist a vehicle from publisher to reader.

In the 1960, following on from the changes in music, racial equality, and the birth of the beat generation, a new form of journalism began to form. New journalism. Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe were two prominent writers who brought this new style to the public.

New Journalism –

“Journalism that is characterized by the reporter’s subjective interpretations and often features fictional dramatized elements to emphasize personal involvement.”

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.

New journalism injected a story with character and a narrative, sometimes focusing on the journalist’s perspective of events. Gonzo journalism, much like New journalism also wildly exaggerated events and personalities with-in stories.

Does New journalism work today?

Camera phones, social media and blogging has created a platform where anyone can publish or report a story. Could the everyday blogger be called a New journalist?

How does New Journalism work with todays digital age? Bloggers are becoming an ever more powerful source for change in journalism and language.

Can New journalism exist outside print?

Norman Mailer

Tom Wolfe

Hunter S. Thompson

Ruby Wax

Louis Theroux

Will Self

Longform.org (unlimited online space extending gonzo influence.

Theroux style is a strange mix, his process involves injecting him shelf into his work but its the

Gonzo journalism rivalal

John Ronson

Nick Broomfield

Stanley Booth – the True adventures of the Rolling Stones

Detailing the birth of New Journalism, why it came about and what it changed.

Gonzo Journalism, and its differences to New Journalism.