Journalism in Britain: A Historical Introduction

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SAGE, Dec 14, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 240 pages
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"What might have been a forbidding chronological slog is thoroughly enlivened by Conboy's thematic approach, shot through with passion and rigour in equal measure. This is a book written with a commitment to the importance of history for the present; it will undeniably cultivate the same commitment in its readers."
- Chris Atton, Edinburgh Napier University

"An authoritative and accessible introduction to the history of journalism. Excellent resource for undergraduates."
- Philip Dixon, Southampton Solent University

A firm grasp of journalism's development and contribution to social and political debates is a cornerstone of any media studies education. This book teaches students that essential historical literacy, providing a full overview of how changes in the ownership, emphasis and technologies of journalism in Britain have been motivated by social, economic and cultural shifts among readerships and markets.

Covering journalism's enduring questions - political coverage, the influence of advertising, the sensationalization of news coverage, the popular market and the economic motives of the owners of newspapers - this book is a comprehensive, articulate and rich account of how the mediascape of modern Britain has been shaped.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Journalism and the Coming of Mass Markets
8
2 The Impact of Broadcasting and the Public Sphere
21
3 Patterns of Ownership and Control
43
4 Women as Consumers and Producers of Journalism
67
5 Technology and Journalism
81
Tabloid Journalism
109
7 Journalism and Political Coverage
126
The Most Influential Genre
154
10 Hacks or Heroes?
165
11 Local Journalism
179
Conclusion
191
Chronology
195
Bibliography
201
Index
221
Copyright

8 Alternative Journalism
142

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About the author (2010)

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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