Foundations of Community Journalism is the first and only book to focus on how to understand and conduct research in this ever-increasing field. With chapters written by established journalism scholars and teachers, this book provides students and researchers with an understanding of the multiple methods applied to the study of community journalism, such as historical, social-scientific, cultural/critical, and interdisciplinary approaches. It explains what community journalism is as a research concept and offers a range of different methods and theories that can be applied to community journalism research. Although there are numerous “how-to” community journalism manuals for students and newspaper editors, none focuses on how to conduct research into community journalism. The body of knowledge in Foundations of Community Journalism would take readers months, perhaps years, of independent work to gather, making this book a “must-have” volume and reference tool for anybody who is interested in the relationships between journalism and communities.

Asian and American Perspectives on Community Journalism

Asian and American perspectives on community journalism
Crispin C.Maslog

As I sit down to write this essay, it dawns on me, after half a century in journalism and journalism/mass communication teaching in the United States and Asia, that I essentially have lived in two journalistic worlds—the American and the Asian. Translating that into community journalism, one might say that I have been exposed to two journalistic traditions—that of Asian community journalism and that of American community journalism.

The community press in the United States is libertarian and competitive and subscribes to free enterprise. The archetypal community newspaper publishes in a small town, but its circulation is relatively big in proportion to population (such as a circulation of 500 copies per week ...

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