Interpretive journalism: A review of concepts, operationalizations and key findings

  title={Interpretive journalism: A review of concepts, operationalizations and key findings},
  author={Susana Salgado and Jesper Str{\"o}mb{\"a}ck},
  pages={144 - 161}
The overall purpose of this article is to review theory and research on interpretive journalism, one of the key concepts in research on the style and character of news journalism. While it is often claimed that news journalism over recent decades has changed from being predominantly descriptive to becoming increasingly interpretive, our review suggests that there is a lack of systematic research in this area. The literature is furthermore characterized by different conceptualizations and… 

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