About

Jack and Sherrod

Gaining Writing Experience in the Field

Facts. Empathy. Place. The next generation of storytellers. Through a liberal arts approach, Narrative Journalism at Denison teaches factual, narrative storytelling to students and faculty across disciplines, and in both traditional and multimedia formats, for the purpose of cultivating the next generation of empathetic reporters, writers and citizens.

Narrative Journalism at Denison is a dynamic concentration that attracts a diversity of majors. We have a growing number of students from Data Analytics, Economics, International Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Spanish, English, Environmental Studies, Physics, Theatre, Art, Political Science, Psychology, and Communications, with more to come.

Our goal is to help students become better writers, reporters, researchers, and active citizens engaged in the burning issues of their day as well as help faculty seeking to write for broader audiences. Students who elect to be a Narrative Journalism concentrator are better equipped to answer the “so what?” of all their study and research so that the average person can connect to and understand it. Our students gain structured storytelling experience in their field and discover potential career paths along the way.

Narrative journalism writing is a burgeoning field, driven by the changing nature of the way people read online, including the re-emergence of long-form reporting, the growing number of nonprofit news organizations, and the evolution of multimedia journalism, coupled with a surge in documentary storytelling. The popularity of narrative journalism is an indication that both writers and readers appreciate writing that combines rigorous research with compelling, story-driven nonfiction prose. We prepare students majoring in any subject to write for a wide readership across a variety of media platforms.

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