Journalism: A Critical History

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SAGE, May 25, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 246 pages
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Traditional news values no longer hold: infotainment has the day. Journalism is in a terminal state of decline. Or so some contemporary commentators would argue.

Although there has been a great diversity in format and ownership over time, Conboy demonstrates the surprising continuity of concerns in the history of journalism. Questions of political influence, the impact of advertising, the sensationalisation of news coverage, the 'dumbing down' of the press, the economic motives of newspaper owners - these are themes that emerge repeatedly over time and again today.

In this book, Martin Conboy provides a history of the development of newspapers, periodicals and broadcast journalism which

· enables readers to engage critically with contemporary issues within the news media

· outlines the connections, as well as the distinctions, across historical periods

· spans the introduction of printed news to the arrival of the 'new' news media

· demonstrates how journalism has always been informed by a cultural practices broader and more dynamic than the simple provision of news

By situating journalism in its historical context, this book enables students to more fully understand the wide range of practices which constitute contemporary journalism. As such it will be an essential text for students of journalism and the media.

 

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Contents

The Consequences of Printed News
9
Journalism as Miscellany Newsbooks and Mercuries
26
Periodicals and the Formation of the Bourgeois Public Sphere
44
Profit Politics and the Public
66
Radical Journalism Its Rise and Incorporation
88
The Discourse of the Fourth Estate
109
Womens Journalism from Magazines to Mainstream
128
Popular and Consumer Periodicals
149
From New Journalism to the Web
165
Broadcast Technology and Journalism
187
Conclusion
222
Bibliography
227
Index
238
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Martin Conboy is a Reader in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. He co-edits the book series Journalism Studies: Key Texts for SAGE.

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