Hip to be hyper: the subculture of excessively local news

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2016, Hip to be hyper: the subculture of excessively local news, Digital journalism, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 193-210, doi: 10.1080/21670811.2014.1002859.

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Title Hip to be hyper: the subculture of excessively local news
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy orcid.org/0000-0003-3027-7492
Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa orcid.org/0000-0002-2689-8010
Journal name Digital journalism
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 193
End page 210
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2167-0811
2167-082X
Keyword(s) community
cultural approach
hyperlocal news
journalism subculture
local news
subculture theory
Summary Local news is nothing new, but there is an unmistakable hype around its reinvention in the digital age through the hyperlocal phenomena. This article applies the lens of subculture theory to move beyond questions related to who produces hyperlocal news, how to pay for it and its democratic potential, to focus on its social and cultural values and meanings. In doing so, it engages with the normative and political economy approaches that dominate this niche of journalism studies. We argue that a cultural approach can generate much-needed critical perspectives on the significance of what we term “excessively local news” and the future of mainstream journalism in this globalized world. In the process, it challenges media scholars and practitioners who cleave to traditional hierarchies of value about what hyperlocal news is and should be, even at the risk of being unfashionable in the digital age.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/21670811.2014.1002859
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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