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 7: Theorizing Alternative Journalism
Theorizing Alternative Journalism
So far we have explored the contexts in which alternative journalism takes place. We have examined its historical antecedents, its practices and the kinds of people who practise it – their backgrounds, skills and motivations – and how various social, political and economic contexts in different parts of the world help to shape the journalists and their journalism. How, though, are we to understand alternative journalism? In this chapter, we look at how theories of journalism, of the media and of society can help us make sense of the diversity of projects we have discussed so far. At the outset, we must note that, despite the increasing amount of research in this field (which has enjoyed significant and sustained attention ...