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Alternative Journalism

by Chris Atton and James F Hamilton SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

`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

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

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.
Dr.AChrisAAttonAis the UK authority and a leading international scholar in the study of alternative and community media. His studies focuses on alternative and community media. He has written on censorship, media ethics and popular music. He has published three books in this area: Alternative Literature (Gower, 1996), Alternative Media (Sage, 2002) and An Alternative Internet (Edinburgh University Press, 2004).