Contesting Communities

  title={Contesting Communities},
  author={Robert E. Gutsche and Kristy Hess},
  journal={Journalism Practice},
  pages={136 - 145}
This introductory article to the combined special issue of Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice provides an overview of some of the key contemporary approaches to studying journalism and social order. It argues the need to step beyond a functionalist framework when considering the news media’s central role in shaping social connections, community and cohesion. To advance our understandings of social order, our paper suggests a greater emphasis of the significance of journalism’s… 
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