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.

Studying the Global Community of Community Journalists

Studying the global community of community journalists

In 2008, the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors lost a member in Nebraska who couldn't afford to continue paying the $50 annual dues. The publisher/editor/ad manager of the 1,000-circulation weekly suggested that ISWNE was not providing enough material about “the money side” of running a community newspaper. He explained:

While I found the editorial content helpful, I would have preferred to read more articles on what newspapers my size are doing to survive, maybe with some specific ideas or programs. I realize you're more geared toward editors, but in my situation it all fits together in the same puzzle.

He was right. Although ISWNE's mission is to encourage and promote wise and independent ...

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