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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.
Chapter 5: Contemporary Practices of Alternative Journalism
Contemporary Practices of Alternative Journalism
The study of alternative media is dominated by an approach that focuses on their political value and, in particular, on the capacity of alternative media to empower citizens. Central to empowerment is the opportunity for ‘ordinary’ people to tell their own stories without the formal education or professional expertise and status of the mainstream journalist. This approach is relevant not only to politicized alternative media, but to cultural media such as fanzines and zines. However, the study of the working practices of alternative media is absent from most research in the field. To study the practices of alternative journalism, we need to examine the social and political processes such as organizational methods and ideological disputes. We ...