Geographies of Journalism: The Imaginative Power of Place in Making Digital News, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Geographies of Journalism

The Imaginative Power of Place in Making Digital News, 1st Edition

By Robert E. Gutsche Jr., Kristy Hess


132 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series


Studies in Digital Journalism

The Disruptions: Studies in Digital Journalism series features ground breaking short form publications which engage with cutting edge technological and critical developments and debates in contemporary digital journalism theory and practice. Titles in the series explore emerging hot topics, present detailed case studies and offer new assessments of theoretical and conceptual innovations in relation to subjects including digital journalism ethics, robot news, data journalism, web metrics and online surveillance. Titles respond quickly to the latest developments in the field and showcase the work of best new and established critical thinkers in this vibrant and emerging area.


For more information on submitting a proposal for the series, please contact Bob Franklin at

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies