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.

Multiple Policies, Multiple Forms, Multiple Challenges

Multiple policies, multiple forms, multiple challenges

An analysis of current policy developments regarding alternative journalism reveals a great complexity that corresponds to the wide variety of players. They range from the established commercial journalism industry to the alternative-journalism industry, coalitions of media-reform organizations and philanthropic foundations, and diffuse volunteer and personal projects. Given the impossibility of adequately canvassing all policy visions and statements in a single, short chapter, the intention here is to provide a sense of basic policy stances characteristic of each major player, keeping in mind that policy positions overlap, often differing more in degree than in kind. In addition, policies are not formulated in a vacuum, but are structurally determined by other organizations and institutions that intersect ...

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