Alternative Journalism is the first book to investigate and analyse the diverse forms and genres of journalism that have arisen as challenges to mainstream news coverage. From the radical content of emancipatory media to the dizzying range of citizen journalist blogs and fanzine subcultures, this book charts the historical and cultural practices of this diverse and globalized phenomenon. This exploration goes to the heart of journalism itself, prompting a critical inquiry into the epistemology of news, the professional norms of objectivity, the elite basis of journalism and the hierarchical commerce of news production. In investigating the challenges to media power presented by alternative journalism, this book addresses not just the issues of politics and empowerment but also that of the journalism of popular culture and the everyday. The result is essential reading for students of journalism - both mainstream and alternative.
The Scope of the Book
What is alternative journalism? For those encountering the term for the first time – and even for those familiar with it – it can appear infuriatingly vague. How does it relate to an array of similar terms such as citizen journalism, citizen's media, community media, democratic media, emancipatory media, radical media and social movement media? When we turn to specific practices, there is an even wider range to consider: newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations; blogs and social networking sites; pamphlets and posters; fanzines and zines; graffiti and street theatre; independent book publishing and even independent record production. These practices are often informed by the desire to provide news, information, comment and analysis to specific, identified communities defined in geographic ...