A Budding Profession
This chapter defines terms and illuminates theories related to interactive journalism and explains the book's underpinning theoretical argument. It defines interactive journalism as a visual presentation of storytelling through code for multilayered, tactile user control for the purpose of news and information. Its practitioners are called interactive journalists, who have varying backgrounds and skills. Interactive journalism is a subspecialty—a new form of journalistic work—but it is just one of many; subspecialties include photography, graphics, videography, blogging, copyediting, layout and design, and online-exclusive content. The chapter also clarifies relevant terms such as interactivity, visual, storytelling, code, multilayered, and tactile, as well as user-directed; multilayered control, for the purpose of news and information; and data journalism. Furthermore, it discusses the people who work in interactive journalism, the practice of doing the work, and the work product that results. Finally, it examines the professionalization of interactive journalism as a subspecialty of traditional journalism.
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