Ledes and Story Structures

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As the organizational properties of a coherent narrative, story structures are fundamental devices in the social construction of reality. This entry provides an introduction to seminal concepts and techniques in journalistic storytelling, such as the inverted pyramid and the story arc, contextualizing its intellectual and occupational context, while expanding it into innovative contemporary digital narrative structures across data visualization, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and social media platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies
EditorsTim P. Vos , Folker Hanusch Hanusch, D. Dimitrakopoulou, M. Geertsema-Sligh, A. Sehl
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
ISBN (Electronic)9781118841570
ISBN (Print)9781118841679
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Digital media
  • inverted pyramid
  • narrativity
  • story arc
  • story structures
  • storytelling


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