Journalism and Community Media


Allan, S., & Thorsen, E. (2009). Citizen journalism: Global perspectives. New York: Peter Lang. This was an optional / supplementary text for the course.

Federal Communications Commission. (2011). Information needs of communities. Retrieved from Just-released FCC report on the same issues that the Knight Foundation report covers. I haven’t had a chance to look at it much yet, but it was not well-received by activists around these issues. – Jared Dunn

Gillmor, D. (2010). Mediactive: A user’s guide to finding, following, and creating the news. Farnham: O’Reilly. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

Gillmor, D. (2006). We the media: grassroots journalism by the people, for the people. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly & Associates. This was an optional / supplementary text for the course.

Houston, B., & Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (2009). The investigative reporter’s handbook: A guide to documents, databases, and techniques. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

Howley, K. (2005). Community media: People, places, and communication technologies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

J-Lab Institute for Interactive Journalism. (2009). New voices: what works. Retrieved from Course reading from the first week of class. Case studies and best practices from 30 community journalism pilot projects that received grant funding from the J-Lab Institute.

Jankowski, N. & Prehn, O. (Eds.) (2002). Community media in the information age: perspectives and prospects. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press.

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. (2011). Five strategies to revive civic communication. Retrieved from A just-released followup report to the Knight report that was an assigned text for the class.- Jared Dunn

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. (2009) Informing communities: sustaining democracy in the digital age. Retrieved from This report was an assigned text for the course, and its ideas about information ecosystems were very influential in the framing of our projects. – Jared Dunn

Lundby, K. (2009). Digital storytelling, mediatized stories: Self-representations in new media. New York: P. Lang. This was one of the assigned texts for the course.

McLellan, Michelle. (2011). Emerging economics of community news. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from This article covers Will’s questions about markets, funding, and sustainability really thoroughly and well, and offers a good general overview of the current state of things when it comes to funded experiments in community media. – Jared Dunn

New America Foundation. (2011, Feb 9). Full spectrum community media: expanding public access to communication infrastructure. Retrieved from

Rennie, E. (2006). Community media: A global introduction. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.

Rosen, J. (2011). From “write us a post” to “fill out this form:” Progress in pro-am journalism. Retrieved from Useful in 2 areas. #1, design, and especially how interface design can help lower barriers to entry and increase the quality of your product in community media. #2, he offers ad-hoc “grades” on how collaborations between professional and amateur journalists are working in variety of areas. The grades themselves are somewhat interesting, but the categories are probably more useful as a framework for our purposes. – Jared Dunn

Shirky, C. (2011). Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic. Retrieved from This article is immediately important to our class because it addresses the current situation of news papers (News-Gazette), corporate dominance of news culture, and tacitly it makes an argument for rethinking the processes surrounding news (enter community journalism). – Will Kent

Examples A site for posting online video series.  Recommended for episodic clips and shows. A citizen journalism site offering articles submitted by authors from all around the world.  The premier resource for international community journalism. A partnership effort from the Boston Globe and Cambridge Community Television. Minority Voices Newsroom is an interesting looking project for empowering minority voices funded by the European Union.  This brief article in Soul Beat Africa introduces the project.

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