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.

Community Journalism as Metropolitan Ecology
Community journalism as metropolitan ecology

The central problem of community journalism is the rapidly changing structure of community itself. In the realm of journalism today, communities always have two aspects: they are geographic places and they are networked collectives.

We can assume that where traditional communities of place are strongest, more traditional forms of community journalism (including actual newspapers) are most likely to continue to flourish. That is evident in the small dailies and weeklies, often in rural or exurban communities, that continue to be essential and vital local resources in 2011. We are also more likely to see Web startups that flourish either in the absence of print journalism (in many rural areas, exurbs, and suburbs, and some city neighborhoods) or ...

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