How to tell a cross-media story? That is the question that Renée van der Nat (1985) sought to answer in 2010 with her thesis for her Masters in Journalism and New Media. Through a combination of in-depth interviews and narratological analysis, Renée mapped out how different story elements and media from the television show ‘Beagle, in the wake of Darwin’ (VPRO) complemented and reinforced each other.
Since obtaining her master’s degree in Journalism and New Media (Leiden University), Renée van der Nat has been conducting research into the developments surrounding new narrative forms in journalism. To this end, she combines insights from media studies, human-computer science, and narratology, with traditional approaches from journalism studies. Her choice in adopting a humanities approach to this question stems from her master's in New Media and Digital Culture (Utrecht University).
Renée van der Nat has been working at the Research group Quality Journalism in Digital Transition (JournalismLab) since 2015. She has participated in research into the news value of data visualisations, curating journalistic content, and the current condition of the news media, among other things. In addition to her work as a researcher, Renée van der Nat is a lecturer in Journalism at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
Fields of expertise
- Multimedia journalism
- Narrative journalism
- Interactive journalism
- Audience uses and evaluations of news visualizations When does an infographic say more than a thousand words?
- When Does an Infographic Say More Than a Thousand Words? Audience evaluations of news visualizations