Making good sense: transformative processes in community journalism

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Title Making good sense: transformative processes in community journalism
Author Meadows, Michael; Forde, Susan Rachael; Ewart, Jacqueline Ann; Foxwell-Norton, Kerrie
Journal Name Journalism
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Around four million listeners in an average week tune into community radio stations around Australia, primarily to hear local news and information – evidence of a failure by mainstream journalism to meet their diverse needs. This discussion draws from the authors' landmark national qualitative audience study of the Australian community broadcasting sector to explore the role being played by community journalism. The authors argue that journalism at the level of the local is playing a crucial role in the democratic process by fostering citizen participation in public life. This suggests a critique of mainstream journalism practices and the central place of audience research in understanding the nature of the relationships and processes involved. The authors argue that the nature of community journalism aligns it more closely with the complex 'local talk' narratives at community level that play a crucial role in creating public consciousness.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 10
Issue Number 2
Page from 155
Page to 170
ISSN 1464-8849
Date Accessioned 2010-03-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Media Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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