Institutionalization & Legitimation of Informatics Based Community Journalism: A Case Study from India
19 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2015
Date Written: September 11, 2014
With the credibility of mainstream journalism decreasing with each passing day, Community Journalism stands out as a workable and interesting alternative. The onset of Information Technology with Web 2.0 features is enabling its reach to local communities as well as global population, while starting a whole new stream of research named Community Informatics (CI). This paper analyzes institutional work which enables the creation of this institution of Community Journalism (CJ) and the process of legitimation which organizations in this field go through by responding to various pressures from the environment. The study is performed by analyzing one of the well-recognized CJ projects in India using the institutional theory lens. The analysis brings across various pressures faced by this new institution and how the policies drafted by the government can ease or harden this path depending upon the effect this institution is having on the society and nation.
Keywords: Community Journalism, Institutional Theory, CGNet Swara, Institutional work, policy
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