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News in the community? Investigating emerging inter-local spaces of news production/consumption

Dickens, Luke, Couldry, Nick ORCID: 0000-0001-8233-3287 and Fotopoulou, Aristea (2015) News in the community? Investigating emerging inter-local spaces of news production/consumption. Journalism Studies, 16 (1). pp. 97-114. ISSN 1461-670X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1461670X.2014.890339


This article examines the emergence of new, inter-local spaces of news production and consumption, drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with community reporters trained by a community reporter organisation based in the north of England. Practices of news production and content generation are focused on people's own communities and they are underpinned by an ethos of production, which is grounded in a critical consumption of news and collective processes of skill acquisition. Through an analysis of motivations and practices, we account for the values that sustain community reporter communities and discuss how such practices, while emerging from the place of local community, also extend across wider communities of interest. It is suggested that an evolving practice of skill sharing and mutual recognition could potentially stimulate the regrowth of democratic values.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Ltd
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:14

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