Hyper-local news: A glue to hold rural communities together?
AbstractA growing body of research interrogates the implementation of communication infrastructures such as broadband connectivity in rural areas, but little has been undertaken into the potential for collaborative production of â€˜local newsâ€™ to generate Habermasian public spheres supportive of sustainability. European and US media organizations are developing such â€˜hyper-local news sitesâ€™ to serve small rural and urban communities. This article uses a case study of a rural hyper-local project launched by a major regional media company in Englandâ€™s most sparsely-populated county, Northumberland, to help establish â€˜more sustainable communitiesâ€™. Such sites are usually conceived of as â€˜town criersâ€™ but being web based, they position communities both locally and globally, a process which has been conceptualized as â€˜glocalizationâ€™. The article is informed by theoretical understandings of communicative spaces and places, monitorial citizenship and â€˜liquid lifeâ€™ and journalism developed by Jurgen Habermas, Michael Schudson, Zygmunt Bauman, Mark Deuze and Manuel Castells.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.
Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
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community sustainability; glocalization; hyper-local journalism; local media; public sphere; rural media; sustainable communities;
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