Slow journalism

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Slow journalism is a news subculture borne out of the frustration at the quality of journalism from the mainstream press. A continuation from the larger slow movement, slow journalism shares the same values as other slow-movement subsets in its efforts to produce a good, clean[clarification needed], and fair product.[1] The principles of slow journalism can be defined by the content, the working processes, or the specific relationships with its audience, all of which follow the core mindset of social responsibility of the outlet, less so on profit, which sets it apart from other forms of journalism.[2] At the same time slow journalism shares similarities and has been associated with such forms of journalism like long-form journalism, literary journalism, narrative journalism, and new journalism.[3] Researchers have noted, that the concept is vague and not easily defineable.[4][5] Specialist titles have emerged around the world and proclaim to be antidotes to a mainstream media that is "filled to the brim with reprinted press releases, kneejerk punditry, advertorial nonsense and 'churnalism'".[6] Instead, slow journalism tends to focus on long reports and in-depth investigations.[7]

In 2007, academic and former journalist Susan Greenberg gave the name slow journalism to describe storytelling that gives equal value to narrative craft and factual discovery, taking "time to find things out, notice stories that others miss, and communicate it all to the highest standards". This article, published in the UK monthly magazine Prospect on 25 February 2007, was later cited as the original source for the term in the Oxford Dictionary of Journalism.[8] In 2011, Peter Laufer wrote Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer, published by Oregon State University Press.

In August 2018, Jennifer Rauch, educator and researcher focusing on alternative media, media activism and popular culture, wrote the book Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable & Smart, published by Oxford University Press. In March 2019, Daniele Nalbone, an Italian journalist, and Alberto Puliafito, an Italian journalist, writer, director, and editor in chief of the Italian digital newspaper Slow News, wrote the book Slow Journalism – Chi ha ucciso il giornalismo?, published by Fandango Libri. In March 2020, Puliafito directed the documentary Slow News, produced by Fulvio Nebbia and internationally distributed by Java Films.

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  1. ^ Masurier, Megan Le (4 March 2015). "What is Slow Journalism?". Journalism Practice. 9 (2): 138–152. doi:10.1080/17512786.2014.916471. ISSN 1751-2786. S2CID 220409752.
  2. ^ Siil, Virgo; Kõuts-Klemm, Ragne (July 2023). "Survival of the Slowest. A Case Study of Two Slow Journalism Outlets in Estonia". Mediální Studia Media Studies. 17 (1): 7–26. ISSN 2464-4846.
  3. ^ Peñafiel-Saiz, Carmen; Manias-Muñoz, Miren; Manias-Muñoz, Itsaso (18 May 2022). "Profile of digital slow journalism audiences in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico". El Profesional de la información. Ediciones Profesionales de la Informacion SL. doi:10.3145/epi.2022.may.07. ISSN 1699-2407.
  4. ^ Masurier, Megan Le (4 March 2015). "What is Slow Journalism?". Journalism Practice. 9 (2): 138–152. doi:10.1080/17512786.2014.916471. ISSN 1751-2786. S2CID 220409752.
  5. ^ Mendes, Inês; Marinho, Sandra (23 May 2022). "Slow Journalism: A Systematic Literature Review". Journalism Practice. Informa UK Limited: 1–31. doi:10.1080/17512786.2022.2075783. ISSN 1751-2786. S2CID 249034702.
  6. ^ "Delayed Gratification - Why Slow Journalism Matters". Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ Jean-François Sacré (14 June 2017). ""Wilfried", le nouveau magazine belge de "slow journalism"". L'Echo (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  8. ^ Oxford Dictionary of Journalism
  9. ^ Bauerlein, Monika. "Slow News Is Good News". Retrieved 30 December 2021.