Recommend to your Librarian

Alternative and Activist Media

Mitzi Waltz

Hardback i (Printed to Order)
eBook (PDF) i

This study of alternative and activist media provides an introduction to alternative media theories, audiences and practices. It brings diverse voices and concepts from outside the commercial media world to the fore, enriching and challenging mass media. Illustrated with historical and current examples, from both a UK and international perspective, it also includes carefully constructed exercises and discussion topics based on case studies and available texts.

Topics include the place of alternative media in a mass-media world; a history of alternative and activist media; media participation and consumption by marginalised audiences; the use of pirate and community radio, video and television by community and minority groups; fanzines and other small publishing ventures by individuals; the use of alternative media for explorations in design; the blurring of boundaries between alternative and mass media; and new technology and its possibilities for alternative media.

Key Features

  • A unique study of alternative and activism-oriented media designed for students of media studies, print and broadcast journalism, cultural studies, media sociology and related disciplines
  • Includes extensive notes and Internet resources
  • Contains exercises and additional resources, such as suggested further reading or film/video/digital media for discussion, in each chapter.


Chapter 1: Who needs an alternative?: An introduction to the role of alternative and media
Chapter 2: A brief history of alternative media
Chapter 3: Unheard voices, unseen images
Chapter 4: Anyone with a cheap transmitter can do radio
Chapter 5: Broadcasting beyond the corporate sphere
Chapter 6: Artistic impulses
Chapter 7: Creating media spaces for the personal
Chapter 8: 'Cyberculture': A study of the latest wave of alternative media
Chapter 9: From the margins to the mainstream
Chapter 10: New directions for a new century
Internet Resources.

About the Author

Mitzi Waltz is Lecturer in Autism Studies with the School of Education, University of Birmingham. She has an extensive background as a journalist, editor, and publisher in alternative and activist print media.


This lively and accessible examination of alternative media draws on a rich variety of examples from all over the world. Throughout the book Mitzi Waltz involves the student in fascinating and valuable exercises. An excellent teaching resource for this important area.
- Dr Chris Atton, School of Communication Arts, Napier University

Also in this series