Beyond the mainstream: journalism, community and democracy

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Title Beyond the mainstream: journalism, community and democracy
Author Meadows, Michael
Publication Title Comparative Journalism Studies 2008
Year Published 2008
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 a landmark national qualitative audience study of the Australian community broadcasting sector to explore the role being played by community journalism. I will 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. I will suggest 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
Publisher URI http://www.utas.edu.au/ejel/journalismstudies/index.htm
Conference name Comparative Journalism Studies 2008
Location Tasmania
Date From 2008-06-25
Date To 2008-06-27
Date Accessioned 2010-05-14
Date Available 2010-07-30T07:16:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject PRE2009-Cross discipline
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1a

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