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Local Journalism
Critical Perspectives on the Provincial Newspaper

  • Available for pre-order on May 19, 2023. Item will ship after June 9, 2023
ISBN 9781138366343
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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Rachel Matthews is Associate Director in the Institute of Creative Cultures at Coventry University. 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 and, on a sessional basis, Liverpool John Moores University. His research interest is the reporting of historical events by local and national newspapers. He has worked as a journalist and lecturer for 48 years.