Renée van der Nat

Renée van der Nat
Hogeschool Utrecht

MA New Media and Digital Culture & MA Journalism and New Media


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Currently I'm finishing my PhD on interactive narratives in journalism. I am particularly interested in the role of interactivity for audience engagement and to this end I have studied interactive narratives, their production process and their reception. For my PhD I have worked with narratological analysis, qualitative interviews and focus groups, and think aloud protocols. I'm currently exploring the potential of 'research by design' for the study of audience engagement.


Publications (4)
Snow Fall in the polder. Interactive multimedia productions in Dutch journalism Interactive multimedia productions are a recent journalistic format. The format has been studied in the Anglo-Saxon context as digital longform and interactive documentary . Research has consequently focused on English language productions. This article presents an over...
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Over the past decade, journalists have created in-depth interactive narratives to provide an alternative to the relentless 24-hour news cycle. Combining different media forms, such as text, audio, video, and data visualisation with the interactive possibilities of digital media, these narratives involve users in the narrative in new ways. In journa...
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In recent years, the use of visualizations or infographics in the news has become increasingly popular. We know, however, surprisingly little about how news consumers use and appreciate news visualizations. We apply a mixed-method approach to answer these two questions. First, we conduct an eye-tracking study that measures use, by means of direct a...


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For my PhD I scrutinize the role of interactivity in increasing audience engagement. To this end I have analysed interactive narratives, reconstructed their production process, and observed how user respond to interactivity.