The Mediated City

The News in a Post-Industrial Context

Stephen Coleman, Nancy Thumim, Chris Birchall, et al.


A radically alternative exploration of news circulation that asks: do we even know what news is?

How does news circulate in a major post-industrial city? And how in turn are identities and differences formed and mediated through this circulation? This seminal work is the first to offer an empirical examination, and trace a city’s pattern of, news circulation.

Encompassing a comprehensive range of practices involved in producing, circulating and consuming ‘news’ and recognizing the various ways in which individuals and groups may find out, follow and discuss local issues and events, The Mediated City critiques thinking that takes the centrality of certain news media as an unquestioned starting point. By doing so, it opens up a discussion: do we know what news is? What types of media constitute it? And why does it matter?

Author Bio

Stephen Coleman, Nancy Thumim, Chris Birchall, Julie Firmstone, Giles Moss, Katy Parry, Judith Stamper and Jay G. Blumler are all based at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: A New News Ecology
  • 1. Making Sense of/in the City
  • 2. A Week in News
  • 3. How Citizens Receive the News
  • 4. How People Make Sense of the City
  • 5. The Mainstream Providers of Local News
  • 6. Citizen News-Makers and News Practices
  • 7. 'Down there in Chapeltown'
  • 8. Mediating Democratic Accountability: The Case of the Care Home Closures
  • 9. Local News: A Different Story
  • Appendices


'The volume's snapshot of a turbulent time provides valuable insights.'
Telecommunications Policy

'The authors have generated a valuable amount of new data and pose important questions about local media and democracy.'
3:AM Magazine

‘Drawing on a nuanced conception of what cities are and why they matter, The Mediated City takes seriously the idea that urban communication have shifted drastically in the digital age, but goes far beyond the usual polarized lamentations or celebrations of internet-era journalism. This is an important book.’
Chris Anderson, author of Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age

‘Anyone who wants to understand how news can help inform citizens, sustain communities and enable democratic politics should read this book. It develops an original and powerful ecological approach to deliver a rich and nuanced analysis that will interest citizens, journalists and scholars alike.’
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

'Probably the best study of local news I have ever read. Socially embedded, politically astute, economically concerned and policy aware – this is a must-read for all journalism scholars.'
Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London


Publication Date: 15 August 2016
264 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783608171
Hardback: 9781783608188
eBook ePub: 9781783608195
eBook PDF: 9781783608201
eBook Kindle: 9781783608218

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