22 February 2011

Don't ignore alternative media, argues Harcup

Tony Harcup

Alternative forms of journalism can play an important role in informing and empowering citizens and should therefore be considered a key part both of journalism and of journalism studies, argues Sheffield University lecturer Tony Harcup in his latest research paper, published in Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism.

After questioning a range of journalists who helped produce alternative media ranging from feminist newspapers to football fanzines, he concludes:

“In addition to operating as a critique of much mainstream journalism, such participatory forms of media can be said to help foster – and, indeed, to be an expression of – active citizenship… Therefore, it must be hoped that alternative forms of journalism will not continue to be seen as of marginal importance whenever the relationship between journalism and democracy is discussed and analysed.”

Tony is a member of the AJE committee. His study, ‘Alternative Journalism As Active Citizenship’, is published in the January 2011 issue of the journal, Volume 12, Number 1.