Remote news delivery Down Under

Cokley, J. D. and Capel, Chris (2004) Remote news delivery Down Under. Convergence, 10 4: 55-72. doi:10.1177/135485650401000406

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Author Cokley, J. D.
Capel, Chris
Title Remote news delivery Down Under
Journal name Convergence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-8565
1748-7382
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/135485650401000406
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 55
End page 72
Total pages 18
Editor Julia Knight
Alexis Weedon
Place of publication Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 190301 Journalism Studies
Abstract Newspapers represent 'communities talking to themselves'.1 We report on the resuscitation in October 2003 of a long-dead nineteenth and twentieth century community newspaper in the drought-stricken rural outback of Queensland, Australia, using simple digital publishing systems with reporting and production staff based near the Great Barrier Reef, on the coast more than 735 kilometers away to the north-east. The successful project illustrated the importance of local editorial control within the community newspaper model, as well as the potential of journalism to build positive community processes and structures during such projects. A survey of people who bought or read the first new edition also revealed an unexpectedly high capacity, given current received wisdom of 'the digital divide', within the financially-depressed town's residents to use emerging digital technologies to receive news and informational content. When coupled with data gathered from other recent surveys of news technology use, the authors identify key areas for future research into news distribution.
Keyword Local editorial
Community newspaper
Survey
Q-Index Code C1

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