Journal article

A new symbiosis? Opportunities and challenges to hyperlocal journalism in the digital age

Andrea Carson, Denis Muller, Jennifer Martin, Margaret Simons

MEDIA INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

This article draws on 'hyperlocal' journalism scholarship to explore the civic functions of Australian local reporting in the digital age. Through place-based case studies based on interviews with media and civic leaders from three disparate communities, we find community groups are engaging with social media, particularly Facebook, to connect locals to services and community news. Community service providers are increasingly adept at using social media and, in many cases, prefer it to legacy media to gather, disseminate and exchange news. Concurrently, legacy media have lost newsroom resources that limit their practice of 'shoe leather' journalism and increase their dependence on official s..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the Ian Potter Foundation under grant the Civic Impact of Journalism (project grants), and the Australian Communities Foundation under grant the Civic Impact of Journalism.