“On the margins”: a qualitative analysis of independent hyperlocal news through a subcultural lens
Arnold, C. 2019. “On the margins”: a qualitative analysis of independent hyperlocal news through a subcultural lens. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Faculty of Arts and Humanities
This thesis adopts a little used subcultural lens for a qualitative investigation of selective UK independent hyperlocal publishers. Drawing on the biographical tradition of Robert Park of the Chicago School and the subsequent work on subcultures, it gives voice to 27 independent operators whose narrative of their everyday publishing activities evidences a variety of themes.
These include the emergence of independent hyperlocal publishing as a result of a crisis in mainstream local newspapers. This crisis was the result of a combination of factors: the disruption of the internet, centralisation strategies which distanced local newspapers from communities and finally the effects of the economic downturn. The thesis considers how independent publishers, operating on the margins of the local news ecosystem, have retrieved and repurposed aspects of the mainstream and put them to good use; frequently reinventing working practices discarded by the ‘parent culture’.
|Keywords||Independent publishing; hyperlocal publishing; local news ecosystem|
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|Deposited||31 Jul 2019|
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