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Introduction: Demarcating the Field of Local Media and Journalism

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This chapter forms the introduction to the Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism, the definitive assessment of the field, which maps out fundamental topics and analyses current trends through an international lens to consolidate the latest research. The chapter brings forward fresh conceptualizations of key terms such as 'the local', 'local media' and 'community' in the light of the trans-global perspectives which are presented for the first time in this volume. The chapter identifies three critical determining features of local media that are universal: geo socio-political context; relationship with the community; embeddedness in macro-media ecosystems. These three features provide a framework to analyse all forms of local media and journalism. These features determine how they operate; their content; business models; how they adopt and adapt to new technologies; the practices of local journalists, and more. The chapter identifies from the different geographical and social analyses and varied historical legacies four key themes that dominate current research: sustainability; subsidies and state interventions; local news deserts and professionalism. And finally, it offers a series of signposts to further research.

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Author(s): Gulyas A, Baines D

Editor(s): Gulyas, A; Baines, D

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism

Year: 2020

Pages: 1-22

Print publication date: 30/04/2020

Acceptance date: 10/10/2019

Series Title: The Routledge Companion Series: Media, Journalism and Cultural Studies

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780815375364


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