1st Edition

Radical Journalism Resurgence, Reform, Reaction

Edited By Seamus Farrell, Eugenia Siapera, George Souvlis Copyright 2023
    166 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume offers a state-of-the-art synthesis of the historical role of radical journalism, its present iterations, and plans for the future of a journalism that is committed to liberatory movements and politics.

    At a time of profound crisis and stagnation for mainstream journalism, radical journalism seems to be riding a wave. New outlets, including those – like Jacobin – with a global reach, have sprung up, presenting a new generation of unapologetically progressive publications with an emancipatory agenda. Understanding the role and place of radical journalism becomes even more urgent given the current political climate in a (post) pandemic world with heightened inequalities and intensified pauperisation.

    Drawing on contributions from leading academics, this collection considers:

    • How new outlets fit in the genealogy of (radical) journalism and what their flourishing can tell us about the present and future of emancipatory politics and the role of the radical journalist;

    • What these new forms and publications mean for mainstream journalism and its persisting problems of financial sustainability and professional journalistic labour;

    • Important challenges presented by, for example, the resurgence of fascism, authoritarianism and the mainstreaming of the far right;

    • Essential questions of what radical journalism looks like today, what forms it takes or should take, and what its future might be.

    Radical Journalism is recommended reading for advanced students and journalists working at the intersection of journalism, politics, and sociology.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Chapter 1: Radical Journalism at the Crossroads

    Eugenia Siapera, Seamus Farrell and George Souvlis

    Chapter 2: From the Communist Manifesto to Jacobin Magazine: Towards a Historical Sociology of Radical Journalism

    George Souvlis

    Chapter 3: Riots as Politics: Socio-Political Context, Demands, and Media Translation – The Case of 1890s Kristiania

    Tiago Matos

    Chapter 4: Radical Media in the Anglosphere

    Seamus Farrell

    Chapter 5: Radical Journalism à la française: Between Differentiation and Stigma

    Laurent Thiong-Kay and Nikos Smyrnaios

    Chapter 6: The Case of ERT and the Prospect of Radical Media in the Era of Austerity

    Christos Avramidis and Alexandros Minotakis

    Chapter 7: Left-Wing Public Spheres in Post-Soviet Contexts

    Yiannis Mylonas

    Chapter 8: Radical Data Journalism

    Sandra Jeppesen

    Chapter 9: The Challenge of Far-Right Media

    Eugenia Siapera



    Seamus Farrell holds a Ph.D. from Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, on the topic of ‘A Political Economy of Radical Media’. In addition to research on radical media and politics, Seamus is interested in critical perspectives on Irish development, having worked on the Repast: Conflict in Europe Project.

    Eugenia Siapera is Professor and Head of the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. She is the Director of the UCD Centre for Digital Policy.

    George Souvlis is Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Ioannina, Greece, and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Crete, Greece. He is the Co-director of the Seminar Series Politics of Liberation.