A new symbiosis? Opportunities and challenges to hyperlocal journalism in the digital age

Carson, Andrea, Muller, Denis, Martin, Jennifer and Simons, Margaret 2016, A new symbiosis? Opportunities and challenges to hyperlocal journalism in the digital age, Media international Australia, vol. 161, no. 1, pp. 132-146, doi: 10.1177/1329878X16648390.

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Title A new symbiosis? Opportunities and challenges to hyperlocal journalism in the digital age
Author(s) Carson, Andrea
Muller, Denis
Martin, JenniferORCID iD for Martin, Jennifer orcid.org/0000-0002-7400-8916
Simons, Margaret
Journal name Media international Australia
Volume number 161
Issue number 1
Start page 132
End page 146
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11-01
ISSN 1329-878X
Keyword(s) Australian local journalism
civic function
communicative social capital
community engagement
hyperlocal journalism
local news
public sphere
social media
Summary This article draws on 'hyperlocal' journalism scholarship to explore the civic functions of Australian local reporting in the digital age. Through place-based case studies based on interviews with media and civic leaders from three disparate communities, we find community groups are engaging with social media, particularly Facebook, to connect locals to services and community news. Community service providers are increasingly adept at using social media and, in many cases, prefer it to legacy media to gather, disseminate and exchange news. Concurrently, legacy media have lost newsroom resources that limit their practice of 'shoe leather' journalism and increase their dependence on official sources without independent verification. Yet, journalists are adapting to newsroom cutbacks by forming symbiotic relationships with non-media news providers, including local police. We find there are promising alternatives for fostering civic discourse and engagement through digital technologies despite less traditional local news and a reduced capacity for verified journalism.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1329878X16648390
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
20 Language, Communication And Culture
16 Studies In Human Society
19 Studies In Creative Arts And Writing
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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