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.

Who are Alternative Journalists? A Social Demographic Survey

Who are Alternative Journalists? A Social Demographic Survey

Who are alternative journalists? A social demographic survey

In Chapter 1, we argued that it is important to avoid essentializing a singular history of alternative journalism and instead multiple histories must be recognized that have been identified, constructed and explored at different times, by different scholars working in specific cultural contexts. We can also apply this approach to an examination of social demographics. It is too easy – and quite misleading – to assume that all alternative media practitioners are cut from the same cloth, that they share the same aims, that they work in similar ways and, crucially for this chapter, that they all come from similar backgrounds. When we explored the political economy of alternative journalism, ...

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