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.

The Human Background to Research

The human background to research

There is an important life to research—behind what gets published in journals—that stems from numerous factors, from the researcher's childhood experiences to her choice of graduate school. While faculty researchers study questions about how the world works, graduate students study how that research gets carried out. Scholars' legacies extend beyond the printed page to the students they worked with, who soon grow into scholars in their own right. Phil Tichenor, George Donohue, and Clarice Olien trained many researchers as they followed their own scholarly agenda. In addition to teaching courses about public opinion, science writing, and media and social change, media scholar Tichenor joined rural sociologists Donohue and Olien as they worked through the agricultural extension ...

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