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.

A View from Outside: What Other Social Science Disciplines Can Teach Us About Community Journalism
A view from outside: What other social science disciplines can teach us about community journalism
John A.Hatcher

The concept of community journalism, from a theoretical perspective, is a vagabond, wandering among geography- and identity-based definitions applied by scholars from myriad disciplines. Discussions of “community” struggle to distinguish concepts such as identity, place, culture, governance, ideology, and social values. Such investigations share a desire to explain how individuals form and maintain groups, and within that broad scope, scholars often ponder the role journalism plays in community structure. That scholars in varied disciplines are asking similar questions at the same time is probably not an accident (assuming any of those questions are new ones: ...

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