Welcome to the Australian Colonial Narrative Journalism (ACNJ) project. This is the first stage of a larger study that aims to define Australian narrative journalism and trace its history from 1788 to today.
The term ‘narrative journalism’ (sometimes called ‘literary journalism) has come to be associated with factual reporting that uses scenes, characterisation, dialogue, point of view, setting and other literary techniques usually connected with imaginative storytelling.
While legacy media outlets are shrinking around the world, narrative journalism can be found in book form, in prestige Australian print publications and on websites that provide long-form, in-depth content. The form has been attracting growing academic attention internationally because of its unique impact in communicating matters of national and international consequence in ways accessible to the reading public