The J Word 3.2: Global Trends of Local News
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What are the forces on local news, and how do they operate in a global, digital world with its  influences and changes? This episode discusses the connections between ideologies and practices, interactions, and diversions in understanding normative and social understandings of journalistic complexities in local news. 

Hélder Prior is Professor at Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil and speaks to one of the most local of experiences, that of voting, in his co-authored article, “Framing political populism.” 

Joy Jenkins, Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee and a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism as the University of Oxford, also looks at the role of the local in coverage through the lens of newsroom practices across Portugal, Germany, France, Finland, and the U.K. Her work “Changing the beat?” brings to scholarship the positionalities of newsroom managers and on how to create beats in local and regional digital news spaces.


Text Featured in this Episode:

Jenkins, J., & Jeronimo, P. (2021). Changing the Beat? Local Online Newsmaking in Finland, France, Germany, Portugal, and the UK. Journalism Practice, 1-18. 

Araújo, B., & Prior, H. (2021). Framing political populism: the role of media in framing the election of Jair Bolsonaro. Journalism Practice, 15(2), 226-242.

Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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