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Alternative Journalism

Alternative Journalism

December 2008 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Alternative Journalism is the first book to investigate and analyse the diverse forms and genres of journalism that have arisen as challenges to mainstream news coverage. From the radical content of emancipatory media to the dizzying range of citizen journalist blogs and fanzine subcultures, this book charts the historical and cultural practices of this diverse and globalized phenomenon. This exploration goes to the heart of journalism itself, prompting a critical inquiry into the epistemology of news, the professional norms of objectivity, the elite basis of journalism and the hierarchical commerce of news production.

In investigating the challenges to media power presented by alternative journalism, this book addresses not just the issues of politics and empowerment but also that of the journalism of popular culture and the everyday. The result is essential reading for students of journalism - both mainstream and alternative.

The Historicisation of Alternative Journalism
Political-economic Pressures That Shape Alternative Journalism
Who are Alternative Journalists? A Social Demographic Survey
Multiple Policies, Multiple Forms, Multiple Challenges
Contemporary Practices of Alternative Journalism
Alternative Journalism in the World: A Comparative Survey
Theorising Alternative Journalism
Future Directions
Alternative Journalism: A Critical Bibliography

A provocative, inspiring and challenging intervention in both journalism and media studies.... Alternative Journalism is the rare book that services students as much as scholars. It widens the trajectory of media studies and creates different modes of reading, writing and thinking... Writing a textbook is tough. Writing a textbook that enables the development of new knowledge is rare and important... It offers an alternative history beyond the tales of great men, great newspapers, great editors and great technologies. It adds value and content to overused and ambiguous words such as "community" and "citizenship" and captures the spark of new information environments.

THE (Times Higher Education)

A key text for journalism and media studies students who want to explore and understand the history, theory and practice of alternative journalism. It contains some excellent examples and case studies, inspiring people to think about how alternative journalists all over the world have sought to challenge and redefine mainstream practices.

Caroline Mitchell
Senior lecturer in Radio, University of Sunderland

Atton and Hamilton offer a rich, textured account of alternative journalism. They steer clear of cramped conceptions of "journalism" and "alternative" and instead open up the discussion to a wide range of public communication, from pamphlets to blogs. More than that, Atton and Hamilton provide an intellectually engaging framework for their examination of alternative journalism, a context in which they explain what others have merely described.

Professor Theodore L. Glasser
Stanford University

For journalism scholars, Alternative Journalism offers important insights into the bases and practices of alternative journalists. This is not only relevant to people working in this broader field of community/radical/grassroots/alternative media, but also to colleagues analysing mainstream media practices. Considering the significant rise in scholarship about all alternative media forms, primarily in response to the increased opportunity for internet-based democratic media projects and ongoing discussions about the lack of quality journalism occuring in the mainstream, this work will make an important addition to reading lists for many advanced-level journalism theory (and some practice) courses... Atton and Hamilton offer the first comprehensive examination of alternative journalism globally, and the work will inform scholarly analysis of this burgeoning research field for years to come.

Susan Forde
Australian Journalism Review

Alternative Journalism's investigation of journalism forms that have developed in opposition to mainstream news coverage is an outstanding book. It provides a competent overview of alternative journalism across the globe, expanding and stimulating critical inquiry into many areas of journalism studies, from less-explored epistemology of news to much discussed questions of professional objectivity… The authors skillfully guide the reader towards the idea that alternative media represent not only the social practice of radical democracy, but also the social practice of citizen construction and journalistic deliberation, an argument that will attract not only students and teachers, but everyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of contemporary media.

Verica Rupar
Journalism Studies

A very interesting book and looks at the different forms of journalism, I am looking into teaching students about podcasting and if I can make that come to light, this book will be essential rather than recommended

Miss Rachael Rodgers
Digital media , Doncaster College
January 10, 2014

Excellent update on Chris Atton's seminal earlier work in this field.

Ms Julia Kennedy
Faculty of Art, University College Falmouth
May 30, 2012

This is a very useful book which helps give an insight into new forms of journalism which are emerging. We will be adopting this book as supplementary reading to go with our multimedia module as we don't have an alternative journalism module as such

Mr Simon McEnnis
Sport and Leisure Cultures, Brighton University
January 18, 2011

Excellent text on an under-researched area.

Professor Richard Keeble
Lincoln School of Journalism, Lincoln University
January 12, 2011

It doesn't currently fit in with our studies. However, with the launch of a new Journalism course in 2010, I am antcipating it will be a recommended text for level two modules.

Mr Malcolm Bradbrook
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
September 14, 2010

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