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.

Bringing Scholars and Professionals Together
Bringing scholars and professionals together

Making the connection between journalism research and journalism practice is not always easy, and that is particularly true in community journalism. There are relatively few scholars conducting meaningful research of community news media, and even fewer working community journalists who have the time or interest to listen to what scholars in the “ivory tower” have to say about the practices of journalism.

There are, however, some efforts to bring academics and the profession together. One such effort is the annual Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium, cosponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media at Kansas State University and the National Newspaper Association (NNA) Foundation. Since the 1990s, the symposium, which celebrated its 16th anniversary in the ...

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