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Interactive and Transmedia Documentary: Production, Interface, Content and Representation

Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC,volume 154)


In recent years the way we produce new media has changed dramatically. Interactive nonfiction narratives have transformed the processes of producing, distributing and showing documentaries, and especially the processes involved in how the viewer relates to the text. One of these new media forms of narrative expression is “interactive documentary”. In this work, first, we explore the evolution of the documentary genre as an expression form, then we analyse the current state of development of the interactive documentary. Second, we analyse five representative projects from different critical perspectives: production, interface, content and modalities of representation. Finally, we outline a set of issues that emerged from the analysis performed that need to be resolved.


  • Interactive documentary
  • Transmedia documentary
  • Webdoc
  • Comparative analysis
  • Nonfiction
  • Digital storytelling

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The author Jorge Vázquez-Herrero is a beneficiary of the Faculty Training Program funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Government of Spain).

This article has been developed within the research project Uses and informative preferences in the new media map in Spain: journalism models for mobile devices (Reference: CSO2015-64662-C4-4-R) funded by Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Government of Spain) and co-funded by the ERDF structural fund, as well as it is part of the activities promoted through the International Research Network of Communication Management—XESCOM (Reference: ED341D R2016/019), supported by Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria of Xunta de Galicia.

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Vázquez-Herrero, J., Gifreu-Castells, A. (2019). Interactive and Transmedia Documentary: Production, Interface, Content and Representation. In: Túñez-López, M., Martínez-Fernández, VA., López-García, X., Rúas-Araújo, X., Campos-Freire, F. (eds) Communication: Innovation & Quality. Studies in Systems, Decision and Control, vol 154. Springer, Cham.

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