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 10: Community Journalism in an Online World
Research about community journalism in the online environment often forces scholars to shift perspective away from defining community in geographic terms alone. Community instead becomes more about shared interests than shared locations, as the Internet has greater power to bring geographically dispersed people together than any other medium (Rafaeli, Raban, & Kalman, 2005). Much of the research of online community to date has focused on what brings people together online, rather than whether the connections they form have power in the “real” world (the notion that online communication is not “real” is a quaint and perhaps even archaic suggestion now that online communication is ubiquitous in modern society). Beyond the ...