Hyper-local news: A glue to hold rural communities together?
A 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.
Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
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