Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jacqui to study the future of storytelling

News from the U. of Missouri (thanks to Nickie for flagging it) is that Jacqui Banaszynski will study the future of storytelling during her 2009-2010 Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship.

Excerpt from the story linked above:

“One thing getting lost in the combination of cutbacks and Twitter speed is the kind of in-depth storytelling journalists were encouraged to do in the ‘80s and ‘90s,” says Banaszynski, who holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism. And that impacts the public, not just those who make a living crafting the stories. “Stories define us as human beings. They were written on rocks, and maybe some day they will be written on the stars. Story telling is how people connect,” she says.

Banaszynski wants to figure out how people in 2009 are using journalistic stories in their own lives. “What do they get from them? What’s missing?” she says.