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 Historicization of Alternative Journalism

The historicization of alternative journalism

Many historical accounts of journalism have been criticized for their preoccupation with great men or great technologies. Attention has been drawn to the ways in which such accounts unduly valorize individual exploits and validate the simplistic position that anyone determined (or great) enough to change the world can do so (Hardt, 1990; Hardt and Brennen, 1995). Many historical accounts of alternative journalism also suffer from the same preoccupations, which has created great gaps in understanding (Hamilton and Atton, 2001). While narrowly focused biographies of publishers, writers, journalists, publications or organizations have yielded insights into specific episodes, the resulting patchwork collection of accounts prevents a broader understanding of the general media practices and necessary conditions upon which ...

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