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Journalism Publishes Article by Prof. Kevin Howley

August 15, 2003

August 15, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - An article by Kevin Howley, assistant professor of communication arts and sciences at DePauw University, appears in the current issue (volume 4, number 3) of the peer-reviewed journal, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. The piece, "A Poverty of Voices: Street Papers as Communicative Democracy," appears in a special edition of the journal on alternative media.

"The 1990s witnessed two distinct but related trends in journalism: the rise of public journalism and the emergence of street newspapers," says Dr. Howley. "This article contrasts public journalism and street newspapers in an effort to explicate the distinguishing features of each. In doing so, it illuminates the distinctions between liberal-minded media reform movements, such as public journalism, and far more radical alternatives to journalistic practice as represented by street newspapers. Throughout it is argued that street papers are a unique form of communicative democracy. In their capacity as the voice of the poor, street newspapers seek to critically engage the reading public in ongoing deliberations over fundamental issues of economic, social and political justice. A brief assessment of Street Feat -- a street newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia -- provides an empirical basis for this discussion."

Journalism, a new international and interdisciplinary journal, provides a dedicated forum for articles from the growing community of academic researchers and critical practitioners with an interest in journalism. Four times a year, it publishes both theoretical and empirical work and contributes to the social, economic, political, cultural and practical understanding of journalism. The journal's three editors are based at Queensland University of Technology, City University and the University of Pennsylvania. Supported by a team of contributing editors and an editorial board made up of leading academics and practitioners from around the world, they bring together research with an international focus.

See a listing of articles appearing in the current issue by clicking here.

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