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Japanese Journalist Writes Civic Journalism Book

Hideya Terashima, a reporter at Japan’s The Kahoku Shimpo, has a new book coming out in Japan entitled: “Civic Journalism Challenges: American Regional Newspapers Connecting Communities.” The book is in Japanese.

Terashima, who came to Kennesaw State University as a charter member of the Public Journalism Network (PJNet), writes:

I’m proud of it being the first Japanese PJNet member. The book features a history of the civic journalism movement and its development to invigorate newspapers by reconnecting readers and communities. The book discusses the role of people like its founders and promoters – Davis Buzz Meritt, Jay Rosen, James K. Batten, Jan Shaffer and the Pew Center for Civic Journalism – as well as great experiments and achievements by regional newspapers like those in Wichita, Charlotte, St. Paul, Portland and Everette, Washington. It also includes new initiatives using the internet as a communication tool with readers.

It features the Public Journalism Network, and my experience in Philadelphia and Kennesaw. With the valuable articles you allowed me to use, I wote how the PJNet was born as a new organization in a new era of the movement…Another important part of the book is “How Civic Journalism can work in Japan,” from my viewpoint as a Japanese, regional paper journalist.

We have many things to share and to learn from American colleagues. Networking and starting the movement is possible and inevitable, which is my conclusion – just regional newspapers can do that because of their closer relationship with readers and communities.

One Response to “Japanese Journalist Writes Civic Journalism Book”

  1. Hideya Says:


    Thank you very much for your kindness. I guess the book may not reach US yet, but it’d be soon.Please allow me to say something more.

    It was in Decemver in 2003 when I was at Duke as a Fulbright scholar to research Civic Journalism, when I got an unticipated invitation to journalists’ seminor Philadelphia from Cole Campbell. It was juat after I posted an opinion to web forum for building new Public journalism society. Though my opinion was innocent and even poor, you and Cole could kindly invite me to Civic journalists’ community, which was very beggining.

    There, I could meet with American colleagues who discussed earnestly for days about “What are journalists for ?” in The time citizens were troubled and feared after 9.11 the year before. And you could give me another valuable chance to be able to attend Charter meeting of PJNet in Kennesaw.

    John X. millar, Tom Wahver, Dennis Foley, Fannie Flono, kathy Campbell… as well as Davis Buzz Merritt, jay Rosen, Jan Schaffer. I was touched with their honesty as a journalist and openmindedness. I learnt “Civic Journalism is more human practice than a theory”, which changed me that I should be a practicioner than a reseracher. Then, this book was born.

    It took me 9 months, which was really struggle. Kate Parry – we vited each other – could help and encouraged me much. Now I’m proud of being able to introduce them to my Japanese colleagues and our readers with my experience. I wish this book could be a bridge, and wish to repeort another good news that Civic Journalism
    would shine in Japan, too.

    Please let me say another gratitude to people like Jannie Buckner, Steve Gunn in Chalotte, Jiennine Guttman, Jessica Tomlinson in Portland, Steve Powell, mark Briggs in everette, Vikie Gowler, Glenda Holste,Jim Ragsdale, Paul Tost,Ruben Rosario in St.Paul. They taught me Civic journalism comes and lies in each journalist’s own practice. That’s the heart of my book.

    Hideya Terashima

    from Sendai, Japan