Geo-social journalism: reorienting the study of small commercial newspapers in a digital environment

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2014, Geo-social journalism: reorienting the study of small commercial newspapers in a digital environment, Journalism practice, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 121-136.

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Title Geo-social journalism: reorienting the study of small commercial newspapers in a digital environment
Author(s) Hess, Kristy
Waller, Lisa
Journal name Journalism practice
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 121
End page 136
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1751-2786
1751-2794
Keyword(s) Journalism
Local reporting
Summary This paper begins by problematizing the use of “community” to define and theorize small commercial media outlets that have geography as their primary characteristic—particularly hyper local and small traditional newspapers connected to larger media organizations in digital space. We then extend the concept of “geo-social news” to outline “geo-social journalism” as a specific form of news work currently grouped under the “community media” umbrella. Geo-social is a concept for exploring how small commercial newspapers change as media technologies evolve. It offers a framework for understanding how these news outlets and audiences connect via the notion of “sense of place”. It can also be used as a lens for theorizing their role in social flows and movements and as nodes in the global media network. The practice of “geo-social journalism”, meanwhile, has two dimensions. Firstly, journalists must engage with the land (environment/agriculture/industry), populations, histories and cultures of the places they report news. Secondly, it involves connections and understandings of the shifting constellations of global and national systems, issues and relationships of the digital era. Finally, this paper argues that by its very nature, “geo-social journalism” eschews theoretical universalizing and instead demands fine-grained analyses of the specific dynamic of each “geo-social” publication, its setting and the practices which shape it and it in turn shapes.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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