Interactive journalism has transformed the newsroom. Emerging out of changes in technology, culture, and economics, this new specialty uses a visual presentation of storytelling that allows users to interact with the reporting of information. Today it stands at a nexus: part of the traditional newsroom, yet still novel enough to contribute innovative practices and thinking to the industry. Nikki Usher brings together a comprehensive portrait of nothing less than a new journalistic identity. Usher provides a comprehensive history of the impact of digital technology on reporting, photojournalism, graphics, and other disciplines that define interactive journalism. Her eyewitness study of the field's evolution and accomplishments ranges from the interactive creation of Al Jazeera English to the celebrated data desk at the Guardian to the New York Times' Pulitzer-endowed efforts in the new field. What emerges is an illuminating, richly reported portrait of the people coding a revolution that may reverse the decline and fall of traditional journalism.
"The future of interactive journalism will not depend on whether it can increase page views or session times, but whether it can deepen our readers' and viewers' engagement with complex issues. Nikki Usher's Interactive Journalism is a great introduction into this emerging field of journalism where the most collaborative and interdisciplinary team players will thrive."--Wolfgang Blau, Director of Digital Strategy, Chief Digital Officer, CondaNast International
"A thorough and multifaceted study of the evolution of journalism and what it means for both journalists, readers and communication in general." --European Journal of Communication
"In Interactive Journalism , Nikki Usher skillfully answers three questions rarely addressed at the same time: how are newsrooms changing with their adoption of interactive journalism, what economic and cultural factors are driving this adoption, and why new ways of telling stories may affect the impact of journalism."--James T. Hamilton, author of All the News That's Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News
"As the first sustained investigation of this new form of journalism, Usher's main argument is persuasive....Her book will certainly serve as a foundational text for scholars turning their attention to this growing journalistic practice." --Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
"For future scholars of journalism production, this book will provide an important look at how interactive journalism--a subfield that seems likely to expand and transform in the coming decades--was practiced in the second decade of the 21st century." --Newspaper Research Journal
"Usher's book is an ambitious and foundational text for understanding this new subspecialty, and as such, it should beget a new generation of inquiry into the political economy and boundary issues it deftly raises." --New Media & Society