1st Edition

Hyperlocal Journalism and Digital Disruptions The journalism change agents in Australia and New Zealand

By Scott Downman, Richard Murray Copyright 2018
    112 Pages
    by Routledge

    110 Pages
    by Routledge

    At a time when digital technologies are impacting on the success and sustainability of traditional models of journalism, hyperlocal journalism seeks to restore journalistic integrity, build community, incite change and engage audiences. This book argues for the increased importance of these new forms of localized reporting in the digital age.

    Hyperlocal Journalism and Digital Disruptions begins with the fundamental question of what hyperlocal journalism is, then focuses on three case studies which illustrate its potential to thrive when the right balance is struck between audience engagement, investment and respect. Each case study examines a different start-up in Australia and New Zealand. Although the notion of hyperlocal journalism is not new, the ways in which these regionalized stories are now being told has evolved. This book demonstrates the increased necessity for tailored approaches to creating and providing hyperlocal journalism in order to engage targeted audiences, meet their needs for news and reclaim authenticity and credibility for journalism.

    This is a valuable resource for researchers, academics, students and practitioners in the areas of Digital Journalism and Media Studies generally.

    Introduction, Chapter 1 : Defining hyperlocal journalism Chapter 2 : Identifying a hyperlocal environment Chapter 3: Case study 1 – Neighbourly Chapter 4: Case study 2 – The Change Makers’ Project Chapter 5: Case study 3 – MyBT, Conclusion


    Scott Downman is a journalist and lecturer at the University of Queensland. For the past 15 years he has been involved in community development projects in Southeast Asia and Australia that use media and journalism to address complex social issues and that experiment with alternative forms of storytelling

    Richard Murray is a former journalist. He is now a PhD student and sessional lecturer in journalism at the University of Queensland.  

    'There should be much more academic "hype" around hyperlocal news given the powerful insights it offers our understanding of journalism’s changing role in digital spaces. Downman and Murray produce a refined, detailed account of several case studies to highlight the important role media at the local level can play in bringing people together – from those divided by family and neighbourhood feuds to bridging cultural, social and racial differences.'
    - Kristy Hess, Senior Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University, Australia