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Digital media and local democracy: news media, local governments and civic action

Freeman, Julie and Hutchins, Brett 2016, Digital media and local democracy: news media, local governments and civic action, Australian journalism review, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 19-30.

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Title Digital media and local democracy: news media, local governments and civic action
Author(s) Freeman, Julie
Hutchins, Brett
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 19
End page 30
Total pages 12
Publisher Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0810-2686
Summary The study of digital media and political action must consider variations in media ecologies to account for the ways in which contextually specific circumstances influence the character of local democratic participation. This article argues for this need by synthesising the disconnected literatures on Australian communications infrastructures, municipal governments and local news media. It reveals uneven levels of connectivity, restricted digital government practices and a decreasing capacity of local newsrooms and journalists to cover local politics. These problems coalesce to create risks of ill-informed citizenries, illegitimate local decision making, and minimally accountable local governments. This situation contributes to the democratic marginalisation of communities, with political power remaining embedded within the hierarchal decision making system of Australian local government.
Language eng
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
200104 Media Studies
2001 Communication And Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 890404 Publishing and Print Services (incl. Internet Publishing)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID Edward Wilson Estate
Copyright notice ©2016, JERAA
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091529

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