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The Alternative Media Handbook

1st Edition

By Kate Coyer, Tony Dowmunt, Alan Fountain


372 pages

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'Alternative Media' is the term used to describe non-mainstream media forms that are independently run and community focussed, such as zines, pirate radio, online discussion boards, community run and owned broadcasting companies, and activist publications such as Red Pepper and Corporate Watch. The book outlines the different types of 'alternative media' and offers an overview of global alternative media activity, before moving on to provide information about alternative media production and how to get involved in it, including:

  • What is Alternative Media?
  • alternative media in practice
  • making media
  • getting involved.

This book will primarily appeal to students studying media freedom, alternative media, media globalization and media production as well as anyone wishing to embark on a career in this field.


'The Alternative Media Handbook does an excellent job of setting out the potential of using alternative media approaches in a developmental context…If you're looking for a comprehensive and 'hands on' guide to the practice of alternative media, this book is an excellent place to start'- Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture

Table of Contents

Foreword by James Curran 1. Introduction Part 1: Where Alternative Media came From 2. Mysteries of the Black Box Unbound: An Alternative History of Radio 3. Alternative Film, Video and Television 1965-2005 4. The Alternative Press 5. A Brief History: the Web and Interactive Media Part 2: What’s Happening Now 6. Radical Journalism 7. Experimental Forms 8. Access to Broadcasting 9. Mainstream or Alternative Media? 10. Culture Jamming 11. New(er) Technologies 12. Alternative Media in Development 13. Distribution and Audiences 14. Student Media 15. Media Activism Part 3: Doing it Yourself 16. DIY Media-making Resources 17. Funding and Finance 18. We are the Network… Resources. Bibliography. Index

About the Authors/Editor

Kate Coyer is an independent radio producer and media activist. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and Central European University in Budapest where she works on community media.

Tony Dowmunt has been involved in alternative video and television production since 1975 and is now course tutor on the MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Alan Fountain is currently Chief Executive of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), a professional development programme for film and television producers. He was the first Commissioning Editor for Independent Film and TV at Channel Four, 1981-94.

About the Series

Media Practice

The Media Practice handbooks are comprehensive resource books for students of media and journalism, and for anyone planning a career as a media professional. Each handbook combines a clear introduction to understanding how the media work with practical information about the structure, processes and skills involved in working in today’s media industries, providing not only a guide on ‘how to do it’ but also a critical reflection on contemporary media practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies