gonzo journalism

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[slang ‘crazy’, ‘off the wall’]

A style of reporting that places the reporter and their quest for information at the centre of the story. A kind of journalistic equivalent to participant observation, which often includes verbatim transcriptions of telephone conversations, telegrams, and interviews. Hunter S. Thompson (1937–2005), an American journalist, claims that he originated the style when, in the rush to meet a deadline, he simply pulled pages out of his notebook and sent them to the publisher in desperation.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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