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Geo-Social Journalism: Reorienting the study of small commercial newspapers in a digital environment

WithKristy Hess, Lisa Waller

We suggest small commercial newspapers-often identified by the incorporation of physical places in their mastheads such as the Ballyclare Gazette in the United Kingdom, or the Ballarat Courier in Australia-need to be studied away from the umbrella of “community media” to adequately investigate and theorize their role in western societies.1

We advocate for a shift towards the concept of “geo-social news” (Hess 2013) to examine these media outlets in a technological landscape. In discussions about newspapers, the term “geo-social” moves from the contentious notion of “community” to define news outlets that: