Award-winning Argentine journalist Leila Guerriero says the type of reporting she calls narrative journalism is "more and more necessary."
Guerriero, who is in Madrid to present her book "Frutos extraños," a collection of feature stories from 2001 through 2008, told Efe that this journalistic genre "is not threatened" and, in fact, the contrary is true.
"Narrative journalism offers a deeper vision and of how the world is more and more complex. It seems to me that this type of journalism is more and more necessary," she said.
"I don't think that the feature story is threatened because it's a genre that always had a more limited number of readers than the newspaper," she added.
"It's like what happens with certain literature, not everyone reads it" and, therefore, "I feel that narrative journalism shares with that type of literature that type of reader," Guerriero said.
"The feature story is a genre that needs time to be produced, time to write and a lot of space to publish it," the author acknowledges in her book.
She said that in her stories she uses fiction narrative techniques, but "in this type of text there's no space for invention." Guerriero says that she does not want to "invent anything at all, at least (not) in a conscious way."
The author of works discussing complex issues like disappearances in Argentina during the 1976-1983 military regime, she goes about her task by trying to document things "and afterwards, when I go back to reality, I try to unlearn everything I learned."
Guerriero, who defines herself as a journalist without academic training and who learned everything she knows from reading, nevertheless, says that she has never thought about writing a novel.
She said that "I don't have a different vocation. There's having a vocation for telling real stories or telling fictional stories. I feel that they are different vocations."
"I feel that it has to do with each person's need for expression, and I feel that, in my case, reality fills me. I don't need to write anything else. It always seems incredible to me that things happen and the most incredible thing is that they are real things," she said.
Guerriero, who began her journalistic career in 1991, has published another book entitled "Los suicidas del fin del mundo," in which she discusses a wave of suicides in a small oil-producing town in Patagonia in the 1990s. EFE