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.
Citizens, Journalists, and User-Generated Content
Long before Web 2.0, user-generated content constituted the core component and main principle of community media. From the underground press and guerilla television of the 1960s, through the birth of public-access television stations in New York and eventually across the United States in the 1970s (Engelman, 1996), through the European-wide experimentation with variations of community radio and television in the 1980s (Jankowski, 1982, 1988; Jankowski, Prehn, & Stappers, 1992), to the recent emergence of Ourmedia as a worldwide phenomenon with strong roots in Latin America and Africa (Kidd, Rodriguez, & Stein, 2009), the notion of lay citizens constructing their own interpretation of events, sharing and debating such interpretations with others, and using resulting insight to ...