New Media Platforms for Local Storytelling: Community Journalism in the Digital Age

This article explains the ways in which online hyperlocal media initiatives enable a sophisticated local storytelling network. Local media are essential institutions for the development and preservation of a democratic public sphere and political system. The declining local coverage of legacy media has frequently served as the driving force behind the emergence of new hyperlocal media. The study examines the types and functions of hyperlocal news media to understand the content they produce and their role in a local community. The review of content from hyperlocal apps and local websites centred in Koyilandy, located in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, suggests that these new media platforms have the potential to develop into comprehensive community-based media, filling the gaps in local narratives.

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