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 12: Community Journalism as an International Phenomenon
It likely won't come as a surprise that, in the burgeoning field of international communications, community journalism has been largely excluded from the discussion. Nicholas W. Jankowski, noted scholar of community media, observed that a great deal of work has been devoted to studying the global transformation of the media landscape, but “the evidence presented is restricted to national and international media systems; no attention is paid to regional and local media systems” (Jankowski, 2002, p. 3). This chapter reviews research being done by scholars who are working toward a more global understanding of community journalism, and concludes by suggesting some directions that could be explored to build a more international approach to ...