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PUBLIC JOURNALISM AND EDUCATION FOR THE MEDIA: suggestions based on a research project into the Portuguese regional press

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Author(s): João Carlos Ferreira Correia | José Ricardo Pinto Carvalheiro | João Manuel Messias Canavilhas | Ricardo José Pinheiro Morais | João Carlos Sousa

Journal: Brazilian Journalism Research
ISSN 1808-4079

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Regional press | Citizenship | Public sphere | Media literacy

ABSTRACT
The broad frame of the article is the relationship between the regional press, citizens and democratic politics. In that discussion we’ll try reflecting on the limits and possibilities of public journalism, using the concepts of public sphere, civil society and life-world which seems to be useful theoretical tools to surpass the lack of theoretical consistence of civic journalism. In the second part of the article, we present some results from the “Citizens’ Agenda” developed by a research network led by University of Beira Interior focusing on none regional newspapers spread throughout the Portuguese territory. This research focuses on identifying practices and news routines and frameworks. Additionally, we stand that the search of new methods to increasing the presence of ordinary citizens in journalism may be improved with the creation of media observatory directed to regional press.
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