Community Building through Media Outlets

Greetings. We’re here…as they say, to do our thing. Which being: to bitch and badger, carp and cry, and perhaps give Atlanta (and its environs, ‘cause we’re growing, baby) a bit of honest and interesting, and we trust, even readable journalism.”

Tom Coffin, Vol. 1, Issue 1 The Great Speckled Bird
Phil Schaefer presenting the WSB High School Reporter Award, 1970s
Harry Chapman in studio at WSB, 1960s
Great Speckled Bird v. 1 no. 1 (15 March 1968)
WSB-TV anchor, 1950s

Media serves as a first draft of history, recording and making sense of events as they happen. Local media outlets offer a unique opportunity for individuals to report, record, and express their opinions on events affecting their communities. Community-based media outlets can articulate interesting counternarratives, reflecting conflicts and unique local interests that would otherwise be lost in the broader stories of history. 

From its beginnings, Special Collections acquired community-based publications. In the twenty-first century, we began to digitize our media holdings and make them available anywhere. The voices of these individuals who reported, recorded, and expressed their opinions are an important part of our collections. They help us to understand how events affected people, and how communication formed communities.