1st Edition

Local Journalism Critical Perspectives on the Provincial Newspaper

Edited By Rachel Matthews, Guy Hodgson Copyright 2023
    236 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Local Journalism investigates the range of meanings associated with the ‘local newspaper’ and considers how digital technology has disrupted the fabric of the local news industry.

    Divided into two parts, this book first provides a theoretical account of how normative meanings associated with the local newspaper have been challenged by the impact of digital technology and then goes on to explore these questions via case studies drawn from a variety of contexts including the US, Ireland, Denmark, the UK and Spain. It suggests three thematic ways of understanding the role of the legacy local newspaper in a post-digital environment, namely as an information provider, commercial entity and community champion. While much scholarship talks of their demise, this book argues for a more nuanced understanding of the local newspaper and its continued significance to people, places and commercial interests.

    Local Journalism will benefit students, academics and researchers in the areas of journalism, media studies and sociology.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    List of Contributors


    Introduction: Perspectives on the local newspaper.

    Rachel Matthews

    Section 1. Local newspapers as information provider

    Platforms and Pay Models: How local news organisations in five European countries are navigating the challenges and opportunities of digital disruption

    Joy Jenkins

    Unravelling the discourse of hyperlocal

    Dave Harte

    Exploring the links between newspaper closures, social deprivation and hyperlocal websites in the coverage of Parliamentary elections

    Dave Toomer

    Local media and territory in Denmark

    Flemming Svith

    Section 2. Making money from local newspapers

    Who’s buying the news? The many incarnations of the local newspaper in India

    Priya Rajasekar and Shriram Venkatraman

    The economic crisis in Ireland’s local press.

    Anthony Cawley

    Organisational culture and its impact on local newspapers

    Sarah O’Hara

    Institutional pressures on the changing local news industry in the US

    Joaquin Cestino

    Section 3. Local newspapers and community

    How close? Addressing the complexity of the relationship between local newspapers, local journalists and local audience

    Lenka Waschkova

    Basque identity and representation in Basque newspapers

    Eneko Bidegain, Ainhoa Larranga and Igor Agirre.

    A solutions approach to the current landscape for UK newspapers

    Tor Clark

    Local newspapers: can they view the community through a different lens?

    David Baines



    Rachel Matthews is Associate Director in the Institute of Creative Cultures at Coventry University, England. She researches the past, present and future of the provincial newspaper industry. Her academic interest builds on her career working across editorial departments in weekly and daily titles in the UK.

    Guy Hodgson is a lecturer for the Open University, UK, and, on a sessional basis, Liverpool John Moores University, England. His research interest is the reporting of historical events by local and national newspapers. He has worked as a journalist and lecturer for 50 years.