News Article vs. Story

Steve Buttry posted some interesting thoughts today on newspaper articles, which some like digital/social media commentator Jeff Jarvis has deemed mostly outmoded, and stories.

From Buttry’s post, an article is something more akin to a collection of facts:

Even before newspapers’ business model began to collapse under the force of digital disruption, we learned that many articles worked as well or better as graphics or tables, organizing those facts with a better structure for their content than the paragraph.


A story is not constructed simply as a string of information. It has a narrative arc. It is built around those story elements we learned in 8th grade: plot, character, setting, theme. It uses literary devices such as dialogue, action and scenes. It has a conflict and a resolution (or at least a quest for resolution, since so many journalism stories are not yet finished). It builds to a climax.

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