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Verhalen beklijven. Een verhaal – met personages, een spanningsboog, een diepere betekenis – informeert niet alleen maar laat je ook meebeleven. Stichting Verhalende Journalistiek stelt zich tot doel om verhalende journalistiek oftewel literaire non-fictie in de Nederlandstalige media te stimuleren, zowel in journalistieke producties voor dag-, week- en maandbladen als in boekvorm, voor de radio, internet en televisie.

We zijn ervan overtuigd dat het de taak is van de journalist om journalistieke producties aantrekkelijker te maken. Onze stichting helpt journalisten om hun vertelvaardigheden te vergroten.

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Stichting Verhalende Journalistiek is opgericht naar aanleiding van een inspirerend bezoek van journalist Mark Kramer aan de VVOJ conferentie in 2009. Hij vertelde over de door hem opgerichte Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism en inspireerde ons om ook in Nederland van start te gaan.

Begin 2010 besloten we als groepje van zes journalisten een serieuze poging te wagen een conferentie voor verhalende journalistiek te organiseren. Gewoon, omdat we vonden dat het moest. Vele vergaderingen en een hoop papierwerk verder was in 2011 de eerste conferentie voor verhalende journalistiek een feit. Het was zo’n succes dat er wel een vervolg moest komen. Al was het maar voor al die belangstellenden die geen kaartje hadden weten te bemachtigen. Inmiddels zijn de voorbereidingen voor de achtste conferentie alweer in volle gang.

The Key Elements of Narrative Journalism
The Key Elements of Narrative Journalism

I get asked that “What’s narrative journalism?” question all the time. When first starting the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism in 2001, in jest, I tried to evade the term by suggesting that we should call ourselves “The Nieman Program for ‘Contactful’ Journalism,” though ‘contactful’ was an odd, coined word–I meant journalism that doesn’t treat the reader as a robot, journalism whose voice acknowledges that readers know about life, have feelings, snicker and get wild.

Perhaps the seekers’ definition question is really a more truculent one: “What’s up with this narrative stuff?”, a question that denotes factions and dis-ease with the clear movement toward more narrative in news coverage–and the quest for a definition is simply a confrontational conversation starter. Anyhow, here’s a try at a useful answer.

At a minimum, narrative denotes writing with:

  1. set scenes;
  2. characters;
  3. action that unfolds over time;
  4. the interpretable voice of a teller, a narrator with a discernable personality;
  5. some sense of relationship to the reader/viewer/listener;
  6. all arrayed to lead the audience toward a point or realization or destination.

To comment on these:

  1. Set scenes: Much unpracticed narrative writing simply is haphazard or naive about painting physical location — objects fly about, are near and far, we’re inside and outside: I call it ‘Chagall-like description.’ It’s easy and quick, with sensory description and locating a few things near and far, to set readers down inside a scene that has an outside, and it’s requisite for narrative, at least for engaging narrative.
  2. Characters: If the standard news-voice is the voice of a beneficent bureaucracy, the on-the-job speech of informative sentinels patrolling the walls of the city, issuing heads-ups to citizens (“A fire yesterday at 145 Elm St. destroyed … Damage is estimated at … “), then it is a voice that favors civic role and avoids assertions about personality. Persons, in the world of news-voice, are citizens, not characters. They have addresses, ages, arrest records, voting district and precinct locations, official hospital conditions, and military statuses. These are ‘civic traits.’ Narrative journalism is about the same people in their ‘real’ (citizen info + all the rest about them) whole lives, people doing stuff, and to some extent, and in the right places, the literary journalist must reach far past civic traits to portray real folks’ real stories accurately.
  3. Action that unfolds over time is the essence of narrative construction, the I-beam of a narrative, on which all the rest of the construction leans. Moving action also offers a non-topical principle for organizing material — arraying it mainly chronologically, as it’s experienced by a character in a setting–but also digressively, mainly following events experientially, while crossing topical outline categories. Most narrative articles/books mainly do this, actually representing some sensible truce in the dialectic between chronological and topical organizational principles.
  4. Voice: a teller of the story with a perceived full personality, one that so engages the reader/viewer/listener/ that he/she has a relationship with the audience.
  5. Relationship with audience: one defined by readers willingly following the teller through set scenes and unset topical digressions, coming along gladly and interestedly during shifts to other settings and characters and digressions, and back.
  6. Destination: And if the reader then starts assembling, in mind, a feeling of a sequence of subtextual comprehensions that work toward the reader’s engineered discovery that the story has theme, purpose, reason, insight — that it’s worthwhile to experience it– then we’ve written gotten somewhere, reader and writer alike.

Team

Evelien Kunst

Evelien Kunst

Programmamaker Coördinator

Carlijn Limburg

Carlijn Limburg

Projectmedewerker

Vanya Pieters

Vanya Pieters

Producer

Jessica Kuitenbrouwer

Jessica Kuitenbrouwer

Projectmedewerker

Bestuur

Randy Vermeulen

Randy Vermeulen

voorzitter

Heiba Targhi Bakkali

Heiba Targhi Bakkali

secretaris

Hetty van der Wal

Hetty van der Wal

penningmeester

Kalien Blonden

Kalien Blonden

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Ramona Abels

Ramona Abels

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Menno Bosma

Menno Bosma

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Inge Oosterhoff

Inge Oosterhoff

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Roos van der Lint

Roos van der Lint

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Comité van aanbeveling

Mark Kramer

Geert Mak

Jan Donkers

Xandra Schutte

Frits van Exter

Gerard Walhof

Pieter Broertjes

Emile Fallaux

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