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.
This chapter does not set out to predict the future. Instead, it takes its cue from the histories, contexts, and contemporary and comparative practices we have explored throughout this book. There seems to us to be no reason why persistent questions about organization (internal and across networks), economics, participation and access should cease to be relevant. However, the specific claim – about which historical reflection provides possibly the least guidance – is the accelerating importance of the Internet in alternative media production and reception. Indeed, much of what follows focuses on the Internet as the most conspicuous current site for alternative journalism. Despite its popularity and value, we question the continuing value and efficacy of a media technology that has nevertheless been ...