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Breaking Boundaries : recasting the “local” newspaper as “geo-social” news in a digital landscape

Hess, Kristy 2013, Breaking Boundaries : recasting the “local” newspaper as “geo-social” news in a digital landscape, Digital journalism, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 48-63, doi: 10.1080/21670811.2012.714933.

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Title Breaking Boundaries : recasting the “local” newspaper as “geo-social” news in a digital landscape
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0003-3027-7492
Journal name Digital journalism
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 48
End page 63
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 2167-0811
2167-082X
Keyword(s) community
digital news
geo-social
local
newspapers
power geometry
sense of place
space of flows
Summary This paper reconceptualises the role of the small “local” newspaper in a new media environment and argues that definitions and concepts currently used to describe and define such publications are becoming increasingly problematic as newspapers shift into both print and online formats. The paper highlights the continued importance of geography for such newspapers at a time when there is wide academic debate on the relevance of territory and boundaries and the impact of time–space compression in a new media world. It argues, however, that a focus on a newspaper’s geographic connection must also acknowledge the increasing boundlessness and openness of the social space in which a newspaper operates. Ultimately this paper suggests the concept of “geo-social” news may be a more appropriate framework for scholars to consider such publications. I draw on the work of geography scholars, and discussions around “space” and “place” to construct the notion of “geo-social” news, highlighting some exemplars of small commercial newsroom practices in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada and discussions with newspaper editors in Australia to demonstrate the relevance of the “geo-social” concept.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/21670811.2012.714933
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051314

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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