Multimedia news storytelling: semiotic-narratological foundations
Keywords: 
News storytelling
Multimedia
Semiotics
Narratology
Hypermedia
Digital journalism
Digital media
Convergence
Issue Date: 
2019
ISSN: 
1699-2407
Note: 
This work is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND
Citation: 
Salaverría-Aliaga, R. (Ramón); Sánchez-García, P. (Pilar). "Multimedia news storytelling: semiotic-narratological foundations". Profesional de la información. 28 (3), 2019, e280303
Abstract
Research about multimedia news storytelling contains several empirical studies, but these lack a theoretical foundation. This article proposes a transdisciplinary foundation of multimedia news storytelling, based on semiotics and narratology. First, the bases of multimedia news storytelling are explained using a hypothetical-deductive methodology and the semiotic categories of ideation-composition-reception. Second, based on narratology, the multimedia storytelling process is described, starting from the pre-compositive stage, in which journalists assemble the stories, to the final stage of navigation by the participatory users. The combination of both theoretical foundations allows us to explain the nature of multimedia news storytelling, based on three elements: 1) syntactic coherence between the multiple languages used, 2) open and collective authorship, and 3) participatory reception by the audience.

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