This article examines the emergence of new, inter-local spaces of news production and consumption, drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with community reporters trained by a community reporter organisation based in the north of England. Practices of news production and content generation are focused on people's own communities and they are underpinned by an ethos of production, which is grounded in a critical consumption of news and collective processes of skill acquisition. Through an analysis of motivations and practices, we account for the values that sustain community reporter communities and discuss how such practices, while emerging from the place of local community, also extend across wider communities of interest. It is suggested that an evolving practice of skill sharing and mutual recognition could potentially stimulate the regrowth of democratic values.
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Africa Review on 19/03/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1461670X.2014.890339
Dickens, L., Couldry, N., & Fotopoulou, A. (2014). News in the community? Investigating the new spaces of news production/consumption. Journalism Studies, 16(1), 97-114. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2014.890339