Community and hyperlocal journalism: a 'sustainable' model?

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2017, Community and hyperlocal journalism: a 'sustainable' model?. In Franklin, Bob and Eldridge, Scott A. (ed), Routledge companion to digital journalism studies, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.194-203.

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Title Community and hyperlocal journalism: a 'sustainable' model?
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy
Waller, LisaORCID iD for Waller, Lisa
Title of book Routledge companion to digital journalism studies
Editor(s) Franklin, Bob
Eldridge, Scott A.
Publication date 2017
Chapter number 19
Total chapters 57
Start page 194
End page 203
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Keyword(s) local journalism
business models
Summary In the journalistic ‘field,’ very local news is like a wild pasture—metaphorically speaking. It grows organically, but can be cultivated in certain conditions and harvested for profit. Its diversity and social importance make it a key part of the wider ecology of news (Phillips, 2015). However, across the globe, traditional media companies with interests in this patch are slashing and burning—cutting costs, centralizing production, or even closing down operations. Small start-up news providers are popping up like field mushrooms in their place, wherever conditions seem fertile. And there are also ‘hyperlocal’ and ‘community’ publications more interested in local news subsistence than in making money. This chapter outlines the broad set of economic approaches that have been applied to support community, hyperlocal, and local news and their benefits given the technical, industrial, and cultural changes taking place in the field. We argue the keys to a sustainable future are embracing their diversity and cultivating their ‘niche’: localness.
ISBN 9781138887961
Language eng
Field of Research 200101 Communication Studies
190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category B2 Book chapter in non-commercially published book
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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