Public journalism and the 'frugal correspondent' in multicultural societies

Romano, Angela R. (2006) Public journalism and the 'frugal correspondent' in multicultural societies. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16, pp. 169-188.


Modern newsrooms are organised in ways to ensure that journalists act in ways that are cost-efficient and time-effective, but this has some negative ramifications for how the news media represents multicultural societies. This journal article presents arguments that an unintended consequence of newsroom routines is that there tends to be an under-representation of people, issues and voices from minority communities. The article describes three major public journalism-styled projects that had mixed success in their aims to represent affecting minority, marginalised and disadvantaged communities. It identifies the reporting strategies that were used in the projects and the benefits/limitations of each of the approaches. It concludes, however, that most of the techniques used were unsustainable for most newsrooms. The paper draws from a range of sources to propose simple techniques that might assist student and early-career journalists to help them engage in cost- and time-effective reporting of diverse societies.

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ID Code: 18850
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: public journalism, civic journalism, multicultural and Indigenous communities, young people, social diversity, national identity and the media, newspapers, news media, journalist-source relations, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, La Trobe Valley Express, transport disadvantage
ISSN: 1038-6130
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2009 01:27
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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