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.
Reexamine the History of Big-City Community Journalism
Long before the intriguing, controversial concepts of “public” and “civic” journalism emerged in the 1990s, many urban newspapers of the 1950s and 1960s had built reputations for connecting with citizens and fighting for the welfare of the communities of their cities. Although much of the study of community journalism today is focused on work in small towns or distinct neighborhoods, there is also much to learn from the community journalism practiced through the mid 20th century by the (now mostly defunct) blue-collar newspapers of America's big cities.
The history of big-city community journalism remains fertile ground for researchers, particularly the decades before Watergate and the emergence of New Journalism. Perhaps I am ...