The Lure of the Local: 'News' Definitions in Community Broadcasting

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Title The Lure of the Local: 'News' Definitions in Community Broadcasting
Author Forde, Susan Rachael
Journal Name Pacific Journalism Review
Editor Associate Professor David Robie
Year Published 2010
Place of publication New Zealand
Publisher Auckland University of Technology
Abstract Journalists and media researchers globally are increasingly expressing concern about trends in the news media industry which would appear to suggest a dire future for quality journalism, and thus democracy, in many developed democratic nations. The US State of the News Media report, now produced annually, regularly reports concerns by journalists and editors—and those who study them—about decreasing investment by news corporations in quality journalism (Pew Centre, 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008). The Australian Press Council has presented its own study to mirror that of the Pew Centre in an effort to report on the Australian context (APC, 2006; 2007). The author has, with colleagues from Griffith University, conducted research into the Australian community broadcasting sector for the past nine years. The research conducted since 1999 has been broad but this article will focus on one element of the research—the news and information services of community broadcasting. The community broadcasting sector is worthy of close investigation, because it is one of the few areas of the Australian media landscape that continues to grow. Importantly, quantitative research into the community sector indicates that 57 percent of the Australian population tune in at least monthly to a community radio station—and more than one in four listen at least weekly (McNair Ingenuity, 2008, p. 4). This article investigates the nature of community news offered by the Australian community radio sector through the perspectives of journalists and producers who deliver the news, and the audiences who access it.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 16
Issue Number 1
Page from 178
Page to 191
ISSN 1023-9499
Date Accessioned 2011-02-01
Date Available 2011-03-23T05:47:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Communication Studies; Journalism Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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