1st Edition

Geographies of Journalism The Imaginative Power of Place in Making Digital News

By Robert E. Gutsche Jr., Kristy Hess Copyright 2019
    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    Geographies of Journalism connects theoretical and practical discussions of the role of geotechnologies, social media, and boots-on-the-ground journalism in a digital age to underline the complications and challenges that place-making in the press brings to institutions and ideologies. By introducing and applying approaches to geography, cultural resistance, and power as it relates to discussions of space and place, this book takes a critical look at how online news media shapes perceptions of locales. Through verisimilitude, storytelling methods, and journalistic evidence shaped by sources and news processes, the press play a critical role in how audiences shape interpretations of social conditions "here" and "there", and place responsibility for socio-political issues that appear in everyday life.

    Issues of proximity, place, territory, news myth, placemaking, and power align in this book of innovative and new assessments of journalism in the digital age. This is a valuable resource for scholars across the fields of human geography, journalism, and mass media.

    Introduction: The Power of Place-making and Journalism

    Chapter 1: Mapping the Geographies of Journalism

    Chapter 2: The Trichotomy of Place, Space, and Territory in Digital Journalism Studies

    Chapter 3: Symbolic and Imaginative Power: From Doxa to Innovation in Journalism

    Chapter 4: Demarcating News Space(s) in Digital News

    Chapter 5: Who is Where? Complicating Power, Proximity, and Journalistic Authority

    Chapter 6: Power, Place, and the Spatial Dialectic of Digital Journalism

    Conclusion: Advancing the Research Agenda


    Robert E Gutsche, Jr. is Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice at Lancaster University, UK. His scholarship surrounds place-making in news as imposing social control. He is an author and editor of several books, including The Trump Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy (2018).

    Kristy Hess is an academic of Journalism and Communications Studies at Deakin University, Australia. She is largely interested in researching the sustainability of local media in a digital era and its connection to place-making, boundary work, and power.