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.
Chapter 9: Broadcasting and Community Journalism
Broadcasting and Community Journalism
Around the world, many communities are served by local broadcast media that provide local news and public information—community journalism—along with arts and entertainment programming. Those radio and television stations that produce local entertainment programs as well as local news programs are the archetypes of “community broadcasters,” as they often reflect community culture more holistically than news-only or entertainment-only media. Even entertainment-only stations provide at least a rudimentary form of community journalism by offering local weather forecasts, traffic reports, calendars of events, and local public service announcements; in times of crisis, such as natural disasters, entertainment programming may be interrupted or replaced with important safety and recovery information (see Tanner, Friedman, Barr, & Koskan, 2008). For those reasons ...