Journalistisk langtidsvarsel

Narrativ analyse av framtidsfortellinger i norske nyhetsmedier


  • Harald Hornmoen OsloMet
  • Yngve Benestad Hågvar OsloMet
  • Jørgen Alnæs OsloMet



future journalism, journalistic narratives, prior narration, narratology, close reading


Journalistic stories about the future occur frequently in Norwegian and international news media. But what techniques do journalists use to narrate truthfully about something that has not yet happened? The article discusses how narratological categories can be used to understand and analyze future narratives in contemporary journalism. A key concept is prior narration, i.e. a narrative position where the reported reality does not yet exist, but may arise. A basic premise is that journalistic narratives go beyond the traditional conception of narrative journalism, that is, retrospective reportage written in a fictional form. Even conventional news journalism has narrative elements, and such narratives do not have to be about events that have ended. The climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine are examples of topics that have generated journalistic narratives about the future. The article develops a conceptual framework for analysing such future narratives. We analyse three different texts that illustrate the difference between what we call stories about the future, stories from the future and evocations of the future.


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How to Cite

Hornmoen, H., Hågvar, Y. B., & Alnæs, J. (2023). Journalistisk langtidsvarsel: Narrativ analyse av framtidsfortellinger i norske nyhetsmedier. Journalistica, 17(1), 13–37.



Special Issue: Nordic Narratives: Embracing narrative journalism in the Nordic countries