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 Challenge of Measuring Community Journalism
The challenge of measuring community journalism

Some have sung praises to community journalism, written poetically about it, admired it, placed it up high and out of reach like an antique urn. And we have tended to view the more personal aspects of community journalism in contrast to those of “big journalism,” with its impersonal, bureaucratic entanglements. Community journalism is a haven “far away from the high-pressure, profit-margin-obsessed world of corporate journalism” (Cass, 2005–2006, p. 20). It happens in small, familiar spaces, encouraging citizens and editors to “sit a spell.” The flip side of that romantic notion is that neither big-city journalists nor many journalism scholars have tended to take community journalism seriously, considering it either as irrelevant to the “big ...

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