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Journalistic Quality Criteria under the Magnifying Glass: A Content Analysis of the Winning Stories of World Press Photo Foundation’s Digital Storytelling Contest

Institute for Communication and Media Studies, Leipzig University, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
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Journal. Media. 2022, 3(4), 594-614; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3040040
Received: 5 July 2022 / Revised: 16 August 2022 / Accepted: 14 September 2022 / Published: 22 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Immersive Media: Emerging Approaches to the Experience Economy)
This study explores aspects of journalistic quality in complex digital stories. Based on a tailored overview of the potentials of online journalism and digital long form stories for journalistic quality, all available award-winning stories of the subcategory Interactive of the World Press Photo’s Digital Storytelling Contest from 2011 to 2021 (n = 31) are examined according to their structure and journalistic quality criteria using Grounded Theory. The findings add to the long and ongoing research history in journalism and communication studies on the question of what journalistic quality entails and can be used as a basis for further analyses focusing on the technological and structural nature of digital stories and high-quality journalism. The analysis revealed a differentiation between linear stories and chapter stories with linear elements. While a multimedia nature, continuous text and video content prevailed in both forms, they differed in terms of their complexity as well as certain expressions of quality criteria. Gamification and immersion emerged as new yet debatable aspects of journalistic quality in digital stories. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital long forms; quality criteria; online journalism; storytelling; World Press Photo Foundation; Storytelling Contest digital long forms; quality criteria; online journalism; storytelling; World Press Photo Foundation; Storytelling Contest
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Planer, R.; Godulla, A.; Seibert, D.; Pietsch, P. Journalistic Quality Criteria under the Magnifying Glass: A Content Analysis of the Winning Stories of World Press Photo Foundation’s Digital Storytelling Contest. Journal. Media. 2022, 3, 594-614. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3040040

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Planer R, Godulla A, Seibert D, Pietsch P. Journalistic Quality Criteria under the Magnifying Glass: A Content Analysis of the Winning Stories of World Press Photo Foundation’s Digital Storytelling Contest. Journalism and Media. 2022; 3(4):594-614. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3040040

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Planer, Rosanna, Alexander Godulla, Daniel Seibert, and Patrick Pietsch. 2022. "Journalistic Quality Criteria under the Magnifying Glass: A Content Analysis of the Winning Stories of World Press Photo Foundation’s Digital Storytelling Contest" Journalism and Media 3, no. 4: 594-614. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia3040040

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