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Interactive Journalism

9780252040511: Hardback
Release Date: 15th October 2016

9780252081989: Paperback
Release Date: 15th October 2016

Dimensions: 153 x 229

Number of Pages: 280

University of Illinois Press

Interactive Journalism

Hackers, Data, and Code

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.

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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.

Nikki Usher is an assistant professor at the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. She is the author of Making News at the New York Times .


"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


"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


"Nikki Usher is once again on the frontline of the newsroom, with this vivid account of the rise of maker culture in online news. Expertly cutting through the techno-jargon, Usher provides the definitive portrait of interactive journalism--from its economic benefits and professional challenges to its potential to fundamentally transform how all of us see and engage with the world."--Rod Benson, New York University