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The promise of a new media and development agenda

Rodrigues, Usha M. 2010, The promise of a new media and development agenda, Media international Australia, no. 137, pp. 36-46.

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Title The promise of a new media and development agenda
Author(s) Rodrigues, Usha M.ORCID iD for Rodrigues, Usha M. orcid.org/0000-0003-4688-4625
Journal name Media international Australia
Issue number 137
Start page 36
End page 46
Total pages 11
Publisher University of Queensland : School of English, Media Studies & Art History
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Keyword(s) media
Summary The role of the press is underpinned by a concern for public welfare, and the discourses and debates in journalism practice and theory stem from the notion that the press is one of the pillars of a democracy and an essential element of the public sphere (Rosen, 2005; Dahlgren and Sparks, 1991). The public sphere, in turn, is linked to the theory of modernisation and the development agenda of a society, where the media are expected to play an important function as watchman, policy disseminator and teacher (Schramm, 1964). This article looks at citizen journalism’s potential to provide yet another opportunity to disadvantaged communities in India to communicate with the world, via information and communication technologies. The new media also open up the possibility of these earlier disenfranchised communities becoming partners in the country’s development and democratic agenda. This is a discussion paper based on a survey of initiatives undertaken by various community groups in India to provide a voice to local communities who would otherwise remain silent. It explores the impact of these citizen journalism initiatives on local communities vis-à-vis their effectiveness as a tool for development and social change, and argues that the growth and success of these initiatives around the world, though piecemeal, should become an important part of discourse concerning the role of journalism in society.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, University of Queensland : School of English, Media Studies & Art History
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