This paper examines the literary concept of inner focalization in literary journalism. The aim is to discuss what journalistic considerations the involvement of literary devices in a legal report may unfold. This investigation takes outset in the three part legal report about the trial of Peter Madsen published by Weekendavisen and written by author Simon Pasternak.
The theoretical framework describes inner focalization as a practice that enables the journalist to tell a story through his or her own thoughts, experiences and feelings or through the source’s thoughts, experiences and feelings. Simon Pasternak benefits by both inner focalization and other literary devices in his reports from the trial of Peter Madsen.
The analysis and discussion present a critique of Simon Pasternak's use of inner focalization and literary style. His legal reporting is a one-sided representation, which contradicts the ideals of the ethical standards in the legal journalistic practice. Furthermore, the discussion sheds light on the topic of whether or not it is possible to conduct a non-biased legal reporting.
The paper concludes that it is problematic to report on an ongoing trial, because it results in a premature verdict on the suspect. This further questions if a journalist should delve into moral complexities that an author usually tends to do.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||8 jun. 2018|
- Indre blik
- litterær journalistik
- new journalism
- Simon Pasternak
- Peter Madsen