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In: Foundations of Community Journalism

Chapter 1: Community Journalism: A Concept of Connectedness

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Community Journalism: A Concept of Connectedness
Community journalism: A concept of connectedness
BillReader

The concept of community journalism long has been regarded as a specific practice of gathering, packaging, and distributing news in predominantly small, distinct geographic markets, with an emphasis on local news and information about community life. For many decades in the 20th century, “community journalism” was used as a synonym for “small-town newspapers.” Yet in the first decade of the 21st century, renewed interest in the cultural roles of journalism in community life has broadened the concept to something that reaches well beyond newspapers in small towns and includes various media in many different types of communities—special-interest magazines, online-only newsletters for professional communities, local independent radio, “hyperlocal” websites, and so on. Some of that ...

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