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International Journalism and Democracy

Civic Engagement Models from Around the World, 1st Edition

Edited by Angela Romano


252 pages

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This book examines different models from around the world of how journalism can support deliberation — the processes in which societies recognize and discuss the issues that affect them, appraise the potential responses, and make decisions about whether and how to take action. Authors from across the globe identify the types of journalism that might best assist or even drive deliberative activity in different cultural and political contexts. Case studies from 15 nations spotlight different approaches to deliberative journalism, including strategies that have been sometimes been labeled as public or civic journalism, peace journalism, development journalism, citizen journalism, the street press, community journalism, social entrepreneurism, or other names. Each of the approaches that are described offer a distinctive potential to support deliberative democracy, but the book does not present any of these models or case studies as examples of categorical success. Rather, it explores different elements of the nature, strengths, limitations and challenges of each approach, as well as issues affecting their longer-term sustainability and effectiveness.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgments Part 1: Deliberative Journalism 1 Deliberation and Journalism, Angela Romano 2 American Public Journalism Versus Other International Media Models, Angela Romano Part 2: Public and Citizen Journalism 3 Public Journalism in South Africa: Experiences and Experiments with Local and Community Media, Brett Davidson 4 Civic Journalism Initiatives in Nigeria, Tokunbo (Tokz) Awoshakin, 5 Sustaining Public Journalism Practices: The Australian Experience, Angela Romano 6 Public Journalism Kiwi Style: Lingering Echoes of a Big Bang, Margie Comrie and David Venables 7 Public Journalism in Japan: Experiments by a National Paper, Yohtaro Hamada 8 Civic and Citizen Journalism in Germany, Klaus Forster 9 Public Journalism in Finnish Mainstream Newspapers, Laura Ruusunoksa 10 Citizen Voices: Public Journalism Made in Colombia, Ana Maria Miralles Part 3: Other Deliberative Models for Peace, Participation, Development and Empowerment 11 Britain’s Big Issue: Street Papers as Social Entrepreneurs, Angela Romano 12 Inspiring Public Participation: Environmental Journalism in China, Jiannu Bao 13 Peace Journalism in Indonesia, Gita Widya Laksmini Soejoatmodjo 14 Traditions of ‘Public Journalism’ in India, Pradip Thomas 15 In the Hands of the People: Citizen Media for Revitalising Puerto Rico’s Poor Communities, Angela Romano and Anette Sofía Ruiz Morales 16 Viração Magazine: Consciousness-Raising Media for Young Brazilians, Paulo Lima and Izabel Leão Part 4: Conclusions 17 Ongoing Issues for Deliberative Journalism, Angela Romano Notes on Contributors Index

About the Editor

Angela Romano teaches journalism at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her publications include Politics and the Press in Indonesia and Journalism and Democracy in Asia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
[email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies