This book explores how Ireland’s community media outlets reflect and shape identity at the local level. While aspects of its culture date back centuries, the nation-state of Ireland is less than one hundred years old. Because of this and other elements of the island’s history, Irish identity is a contested topic and the island is a place where culture, identity and geography are tightly intertwined. By addressing how community media serve as agents for community building, the book examines how they in turn influence the way individuals connect with their communities.
Table of Contents
1. Community and Media in Ireland
2. Construction and Evolution of Irish Identity
3. Irish Media and Irish Identity
4. Contemporary Irish Media
5. Community Media Theory and Project Methodology
6. Local Media Reflections of Identity
7. Irish Language Media and Identity
8. Local Focus in a Global Society
Jack Rosenberry is a professor of media and communication at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, USA. He is also the co-author (with Lauren Vicker) of Applied Mass Communication Theory: A Guide for Media Practitioners (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor (with Burton St. John III) of Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen Engaged Press (Routledge, 2010).
"Community media has a long-established role to play in the formation of identity and belonging. Understanding its place in Ireland’s political, cultural and social settings is an important scholarly contribution given the contestation around Irish identity and our deep connection to place." – Kristy Hess, Deakin University Australia