Contesting communities : Reimagining journalism and social order in a fragmented world

Gutsche Jr, Robert and Hess, Kristy (2018) Contesting communities : Reimagining journalism and social order in a fragmented world. Journalism Practice, 12 (2). pp. 136-145. ISSN 1751-2786

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This introductory article to the combined special issue of Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice provides an overview of some of the key contemporary approaches to studying journalism and social order. It argues the need to step beyond a functionalist framework when considering the news media’s central role in shaping social connections, community and cohesion. To advance our understandings of social order, our paper suggests a greater emphasis of the significance of journalism’s relationship to the wider social sphere along with three other key considerations, including (1) a critical focus on the relationship between media, politics and social order, especially in defining and/or negotiating “anti-social” practices and social disintegration; (2) a more refined focus on the “imagined” and geographic boundaries of news audiences in digital spaces; and (3) the changing relationship to norms and conventions of journalism practice from trust and legitimacy to the role of journalists as arbiters and connectors across social spaces.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Practice on 02/02/2018, available online:
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