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Foundations of Community Journalism

Foundations of Community Journalism

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October 2011 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Foundations of Community Journalism: A Primer for Research 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 academics and teachers, the book provides students and researchers with an understanding of the multiple and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of community journalism, with what community journalism is as a research concept, and with a range of different methods and theories that can be applied to community journalism research.

While there are numerous 'how-to' community journalism manuals for students and newspaper editors, none contains the focus on how to conduct research into community journalism - a focus needed in this era of accountability.

Jock Lauterer
Foreword. Community Journalism Research: Rooted in the Groove
Bill Reader
1. Community Journalism: A Concept of Connectedness (with an essay, "Community Journalism's Challenge to do Journalism," by Linda Steiner)
Jack Rosenberry
2. Key Works: Some Connections Between Journalism and Community (with an essay, "Bringing Scholars and Professionals Together," by Gloria Freela)
Eileen Gilligan
3. The ?Minnesota Team?: Key Studies of Institutional Power and Community Media (with an essay, "Profile of a Research Team," by Eileen Gilligan)
Janice Hume
4. Community Journalism and Community History (with an essay, "Re-examine the History of Big-city Community Journalism," by G. Michael Killenberg)
Wilson Lowrey
5. The Challenge of Measuring Community Journalism (with an essay, "Methodological Choices Offered from the Study of the Norwegian Press," by Sigurd Host)
Bill Reader
6. Drawing from the Critical Cultural Well (with an essay, "Asian and American Perspectives on Community Journalism," by Crispin C. Maslog)
John Hatcher
7. A View From Outside: What Other Social Science Disciplines Can Teach Us About Community Journalism (with an essay, "Community Journalism as Metropolitan Ecology," by Lewis Friedland)
Diana Knott Martinelli
8. Considering Community Journalism from the Perspective of Public Relations and Advertising (with an essay, "The Economics of Community Newspapers" by Stephen Lacy)
George L. Daniels
9. Broadcasting and Community Journalism (with an essay, "The Developing World: Considering Community Radio in Africa," by Guy Berger)
Hans K. Meyer and George L. Daniels
10: Community Journalism in an Online World (with an essay, "Citizens, Journalists, and User-Generated Content," by Nicholas W. Jankowski)
Cary Roberts Frith
11: Magazines and Community (with an essay, "Making the Mundane Matter," by Carolyn Kitch)
John Hatcher
12: Community Journalism as an International Phenomenon (with an essay, "Studying the Global Community of Community Journalists," by Chad Stebbins)
APPENDIX: Resources for Community Journalism Researchers

This book has been needed for so long [and will make] a tremendous contribution. Community journalism and journalism’s relation to communities and community formation, maintenance and destruction has never been as relevant as now, yet there is not one source that provides an adequate overview of research and a synthesis of the most relevant content in the area. [This book] promises to be a widely cited foundation work in the area…I’ve waited years for a book like this.

Doug Fisher
University of South Carolina

Clearly, the best book in the field.

Professor Steven Knowlton
School of Communications, Dublin City University (DCU)
March 22, 2013

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