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.
The Developing World: Considering Community Radio in Africa
Community journalism varies around the globe, and it varies substantially across sub-Saharan Africa. For a start, community media in Africa tend to be primarily radio rather than newspapers, which are more common in the U.S. But there's also a distinction from southern to western Africa as to whether that sector includes the gamut of ownership forms, which can range from media owned by local business people to media owned by the state, not-for-profit community consortia, religious institutions, or large for-profit entities. In western Africa, especially Francophone countries, commercial and state-owned radio is often dubbed “community media;” however, in southern Africa, the sense is that community should mean the media is ...