Listening for The Echo: How Our Students Are Stepping Into, Embracing Community Journalism

Amanda Bright, “Listening for The Echo: How Our Students Are Stepping Into, Embracing Community Journalism,” Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication, Vol. 12, no. 2 (2022), pp. 77-80

Abstract: The idea started like this: a University of Georgia journalism course could take over the editorial side of the only news organization in neighboring Oglethorpe County—a weekly newspaper about to close its doors. When the department head asked about the concept, hatched by a UGA alum/newspaper group founder and our dean, we saw the depth in such an opportunity; we would turn a failing newspaper into a nonprofit learning lab to repair and benefit both local news and our students’ experiences with community journalism. This article overviews The experiences and lessons learned to date.

Routine and individual-level influences on newspaper front-page images: Wire photographs, staff photojournalism, race and gender

Abstract: This study uncovers routine and individual-level influences upon the content of U.S. front-page images. This examination is justified by a news-image environment increasingly dominated by a small number of central agencies and with a lack of photojournalist diversity. At the routine level, differences are assessed based on whether images are taken by an on-staff photojournalist or a wire photographer. At the individual level, differences are assessed based on the photographer’s race and gender. The visual content studied includes three general categories: photojournalistic news values (presence of people, activity of persons of people in the image, whether eye contact is portrayed, emotional hierarchy, and topic), representation (race and gender of people or persons in the image), and visual elevation (circulation of the image in which the image appears, image usage, and image topic). Results of the study show a number of significant routine-level differences, but fewer differences based on the individual characteristics of the photojournalist, which primarily pertain to the representation of subjects.