Dear members,

the International Journal of Communication has published the special section “Going About the City:  Methods and Methodologies for Urban Communication Research”.

Guest-edited by  TWG members Giorgia Aiello and Simone Tosoni, the Special Section features seven original articles that cover different disciplinary points of view, including documentary (Daniel Makagon, Mary Rachel Gould), audiencing (Simone Tosoni, Seija Ridell), material (Greg Dickinson, Giorgia Aiello), visual (Luc Pauwels), mixed-method (Matthew D. Matsaganis), ecological (Stephen Coleman, Nancy Thumim, Giles Moss), and applied (Susan Drucker, Gary Gumpert) perspectives on urban communication.

The Special Section, stemming from the 2nd Twg conference held in Leeds in 2013, works as a springboard for a timely and much-needed conversation on the key methodological principles, processes and practices that underlie urban communication as an area of inquiry in its own right. Taken together, the articles highlight the multifaceted nature of this body of work and invite scholars to keep reflecting on how media and communication research can produce groundbreaking empirical knowledge on cities. Even more, these articles show that research in and on cities may fundamentally change current outlooks on media and communication as a whole.

 

Going About the City:  Methods and Methodologies for Urban Communication Research—Introduction<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/5416/1589>

Giorgia Aiello, Simone Tosoni

 

Learning the City Through Stories: Audio Documentary as Urban Communication Pedagogy<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3656/1590>

Daniel Makagon, Mary Rachel Gould

 

Decentering Media Studies, Verbing the Audience: Methodological Considerations Concerning People’s Uses of Media in Urban Space<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4231/1591>

Simone Tosoni, Seija Ridell

 

Being Through There Matters: Materiality, Bodies, and Movement in Urban Communication Research<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4280/1592>

Greg Dickinson, Giorgia Aiello

 

Visually Researching and Communicating the City: A Systematic Assessment of Methods and Resources<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4249/1593>

Luc Pauwels

 

Multi- and Mixed-Methods Approaches to Urban Communication Research: A Synthesis and the Road Ahead<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3923/1594>

Matthew D. Matsaganis

 

Researching Local News in a Big City: A Multimethod Approach<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4282/1595>

Stephen Coleman, Nancy Thumim, Giles Moss

 

The Communicative City Redux<http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4237/1596>

Susan Drucker, Gary Gumpert

The TWG Board

 

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