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The Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism

ISBN 9780815375364
Published April 20, 2020 by Routledge
522 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive edited collection provides key contributions in the field, mapping out fundamental topics and analysing current trends through an international lens.

Offering a collection of invited contributions from scholars across the world, the volume is structured in seven parts, each exploring an aspect of local media and journalism. It brings together and consolidates the latest research and theorisations from the field, and provides fresh understandings of local media from a comparative perspective and within a global context. This volume reaches across national, cultural, technological and socio-economic boundaries to bring new understandings to the dominant foci of research in the field and highlights interconnection and thematic links. Addressing the significant changes local media and journalism have undergone in the last decade, the collection explores the history, politics, ethics and contents of local media, as well as delving deeper into the business and practices that affect not only the journalists and media-makers involved, but consumers and communities as well.

For students and researchers in the fields of journalism studies, journalism education, cultural studies, and media and communications programmes, this is the comprehensive guide to local media and journalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: demarcating the field of local media and journalism

Agnes Gulyas and David Baines

 Part I - Histories and legacies of local media and journalism

  1. Historicising the afterlife: local newspapers in the United Kingdom and the ‘art of prognosis’
  2. Rachel Matthews

  3. A history of the local newspaper in Japan
  4. Anthony S. Rausch

  5. Local news deserts in Brazil: historical and contemporary perspectives
  6. Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva and Angela Pimenta

  7. History of local media in Norway
  8. Eli Skogerbø

  9. State of play: local media, power and society in the Caribbean
  10. Juliette Marie Storr

  11. ‘Peopleization’ of news: the development of the American local television news format
  12. Madeleine Liseblad


    Part II - Local media policies

  13. The death of broadcast localism in the United States
  14. Christopher Ali

  15. Developing local media policies in sub-state nations: the case of Catalonia
  16. Mariola Tarrega and Josep Angel Guimerà

  17. Local journalism in Australia: policy debates
  18. Kristy Hess and Lisa Waller

  19. The development of community broadcasting legislation in Kenya
  20. Rose N. Kimani

  21. Local media policies in Poland: key issues and debates
  22. Sylwia Męcfal

  23. The impact of communication policies in local television models: the cases of Catalonia and Scotland
  24. Aida Martori Muntsant


    Part III - Local media, publics and politics

  25. Local journalism in the United States: its publics, its problems, and its potentials
  26. C.W. Anderson

  27. Remediating the local through localised news making: India’s booming multilingual press as agent in political and social change
  28. Ursula Rao

  29. De-professionalization and fragmentation: challenges for local journalism in Sweden
  30. Gunnar Nygren

  31. Central and local media in Russia: between central control and local initiatives
  32. Ilya Kiriya

  33. The return of party journalism in China and ‘Janusian’ content: the case of Newspaper X
  34. Jingrong Tong

  35. Strategy over substance and national in focus? Local television coverage of politics and policy in the United States
  36. Erika Franklin Fowler

  37. From journal of record to the 24/7 news cycle: perspectives on the changing nature of court reporting in Australia
  38. Margaret Simons and Jason Bosland


    Part IV - Ownership and sustainability of local media

  39. Business and ownership of local media: an international perspective
    Bill Reader and John Hatcher
  40. Local media owners as saviours in the Czech Republic: they save money, not journalism
    Lenka Waschková Císařová
  41. What can we learn from independent family-owned local media groups? Case studies from the United Kingdom
  42. Sarah O’Hara

  43. Local media in France: subsidized, heavily regulated and under pressure
  44. Matthieu Lardeau

  45. ‘I’ve started a hyperlocal, so now what?’
  46. Marco van Kerkhoven

  47. The hyperlocal ‘renaissance’ in Australia and New Zealand
  48. Scott Downman and Richard Murray


    Part V - Local journalists and journalistic practices

  49. At the crossroads of hobby, community work and media business: Nordic and Russian hyperlocal practitioners
  50. Jaana Hujanen, Olga Dovbysh, Carina Tenor, Mikko Grönlund, Katja Lehtisaari and Carl-Gustav Lindén

  51. Not all doom and gloom: the story of American small-market newspapers
  52. Christopher Ali, Damian Radcliffe and Rosalind Donald

  53. Local journalism in Bulgaria: trends from the Worlds of Journalism study
  54. Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova

  55. Specialised training of local journalists in armed conflict: the Colombian experience
  56. Yennué Zárate Valderrama

  57. From community to commerce? Analytics, audience ‘engagement’ and how local newspapers are renegotiating news values in the age of pageview-driven journalism in the United Kingdom
  58. James Morrison

  59. Two-tier tweeting: how promotional and personalised use of Twitter is shaping journalistic practices in the United Kingdom
  60. Lily Canter

  61. Centralised and digitally disrupted: an ethnographic view of local journalism in New Zealand
  62. Helen Sissons

  63. Situating journalistic coverage: a practice theory approach to researching local community radio production in the United Kingdom
  64. Josephine F. Coleman


    Part VI - Communities and audiences of local news

  65. What does the audience experience as valuable local journalism? Approaching local news quality from a user’s perspective
  66. Irene Costera Meijer

  67. Local journalism and at-risk communities in the United States
  68. Philip M. Napoli and Matthew Weber

  69. The emerging deficit: changing local journalism and its impact on communities in Australia
  70. Margaret Simons, Andrea Carson, Denis Muller and Jennifer Martin

  71. Strength in numbers: building collaborative partnerships for data-driven community news
    Jan Lauren Boyles
  72. Bottom-up hyperlocal media in Belgium: Facebook-groups as collaborative neighborhood awareness systems
  73. Jonas De Meulenaere, Cédric Courtois and Koen Ponnet

  74. Local news repertoires in a transforming Swedish media landscape
  75. Annika Bergström

  76. The what, where, and why of local news in the United States
  77. Angela M. Lee


    Part VII - Local media and the public good

  78. Local media and disaster reporting in Japan
  79. Florian Meissner and Jun Tsukada

  80. Public service journalism and engagement in US hyperlocal nonprofits
  81. Patrick Ferrucci

  82. Local public service media in Northern Ireland: the merit goods argument
  83. Phil Ramsey and Philip McDermott

  84. Participation in local radio agricultural broadcasts and message adoption among rural farmers in northern Ghana
  85. Adam Tanko Zakariah

  86. Pacific Islanders’ talanoa values and public support point the way forward
  87. Shailendra Singh

  88. Alternative journalism, alternative ethics?

Tony Harcup

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Agnes Gulyas is Professor in Media and Communications at the School of Creative Arts and Industries, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Her recent projects have focused on local media gaps and local news consumption in the UK, as well as journalists' use of social media. She is a founding member of the Local and Community Media Network of the Media, Communication and Cultural Association, UK.

David Baines is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, UK. He worked in local and regional newspapers for 30 years before moving to the academy, where his research focus is on transformations in local and community media, journalism practices and journalism education. He is a founding member of the Local and Community Media Network of the Media, Communication and Cultural Association, UK.


"An immensely important and timely collection of insights and research from veteran and emerging scholars of local media and journalism. This compendium of work by international scholars lays an excellent foundation. Given all that is at stake, one hopes this is the first of many volumes." - Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, US.

"A vital resource for anyone interested in why local media and journalism matters and how to ensure it sustains."- Natalie Fenton, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London and Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy and founding member of the Media Reform Coalition

"The volume achieves an admirable depth of focus by anchoring local journalism practices in relation to a range of contextual forces. This rich and textured contribution to the field of journalism studies directs our attention to an important yet often under-researched dimension of the disrupted, evolving journalism landscape and deserves to find a wide readership." - Herman Wasserman, Professor and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

"Offering studies from around the globe informed by leading edge research, this significant, scholarly, landmark collection reasserts the significance of local media and local journalism for public engagement and deliberation" - Professor Bob Franklin, founding editor of Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Journalism Studies and author of numerous publications on local media.