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 11: Magazines and Community
Many successful consumer magazines, across many content categories, help audience members with similar interests connect with one another and imagine themselves as members of communities of interest. For example, whitewater enthusiasts can read Paddler magazine not just to learn new techniques and find rivers to explore, but also to read about their fellow canoeists, kayakers, and rafters and receive mobilizing information about various events where they can gather in person. Cancer survivors can read Heal magazine for inspiration and support from those who endured similar experiences fighting the disease. Region-specific publications can bring together like-minded people across broader geographic areas: Texas Monthly, for example, allows Texans to consider issues facing their state, discover interesting places and people, and fuel ...