Community Policing and Civic Journalism: Same Wine, Different Bottles?
Community policing and civic journalism are strikingly similar, current movements within the social organizations of law enforcement and mass media. Defining civic journalism, best thought of as "community-focused journalism," has been problematic for the field of mass media but shapes the starting point for discussion. Identifying, analyzing, and contrasting commonalities within these two movements are the topics explored within this work. While the precepts of each movement are shaped by the respective organization, the inherent processes and goals remain notably similar. What are the comparative connections that shape community empowerment? How does each organization partner with its shared "community client" to identify and solve problems? Of special interest to law enforcement is the issue of how police departments can make use of the civic journalism movement to further their agency's community policing efforts.
Joanne Ziembo-Vogl. "Community Policing and Civic Journalism: Same Wine, Different Bottles?" The Journal of Community Policing 2.1 (2000).
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