A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication

With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community.

Key Features

  • Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world
  • Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics
  • Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field
  • Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations
  • Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion

Intended Audience

This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Toronto Street News as a Counterpublic Sphere

Toronto Street News as a Counterpublic Sphere

Toronto street news as a counterpublic sphere

The past two decades have seen an explosive growth of street newspapers emerging in major cities on a transnational scale in attempts to combat rising levels of homelessness and poverty (Dodge, 1999). These papers are characterized by their formation of entrepreneurial opportunities for homeless and economically marginalized individuals to sell the papers for income. Although there are more than 100 known street papers in existence, in more than 37 countries across 6 continents,1 individual papers can be seen to follow autonomous mandates with unique goals and structures. Consequently, the ownership, content, control, and mission vary strikingly from one street paper to the next. Toronto Street News (TSN) is one such paper that ...

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