A History of News

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 356 pages
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What is news? Why are we so eager to exchange it? Why does it so often seem sensational? How does the way news is gathered and presented affect our politics and our lives? A History of News, Third Edition, provides an extended, international history of journalism that ranges from preliterate societies to the digital age. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of news and provides unique insights into contemporary journalism. Author Mitchell Stephens, an accomplished writer and media critic, analyzes news in all of its manifestations--spoken, written, visual and digital--from an international perspective.
For the third edition, Stephens has broadened the scope of the book's international coverage, expanded the section on television news, increased coverage of women and minorities and added new material on the Internet and the digital revolution. The book also features an updated timeline, questions at the end of each chapter and new boxes, many of which underline connections between older news systems and issues in contemporary journalism.

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A history of news: from the drum to the satellite

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Traditional accounts of journalism tend to move from one historically important paper to another, but Stephens (journalism, New York University) breaks that mold. He proffers a broader social focus on ... Read full review


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News in Preliterate SocietiesIn the Ordinary

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Mitchell Stephens is at New York University.

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