Literary journalism lives in the margins of both literature and journalism. In literature, quality standards include anything but the referential aspect or truth claim of the work. The overlap of the terms fiction and literature reveals the eagerness of the literary field to post itself at the side of imagination and to distance itself from journalism’s core business: the reference to facts. Traditional journalism in its turn keeps to rigid standards of style that heightens the reality effect. The phenomenon of literary journalism reveals how literature and journalism have a lot more in common than they both would assume, which might be the very reason for its marginalization.
Nevertheless, these days literary journalism is thriving once again, and both literary writers and journalists are exploring this ‘genre’, finding ways to define and justify their work. Narrative is a key term, evidently so, but apart from this very general tag, definitions often keep to the aspects of referentiality on the one hand and literary style elements on the other, neglecting context and ideological significance of literary journalism. The analysis of ‘Er is een kind vermoord’ (Anna Luyten), shows how the context and argumentative structure determine the interpretation of this article. The narrative and non-narrative passages in this text relate to one another and to traditional media style. The interpretation of these relations demonstrates how literary journalism is more than a kind of journalism with literary aspirations.