You are here

Newspaper Journalism

Newspaper Journalism

Other Titles in:
Journalism | Media Policy

November 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are newspapers faced with an existential threat or are they changing to meet the challenges of a digital world? With the newspaper's role in a state of fundamental redefinition, Newspaper Journalism offers a timely and up to the minute analysis of newspapers today, in the context of their historical importance to society. Drawing on their extensive experience in academia and also across local, national, mainstream and alternative newspapers, Cole and Harcup write clearly and engagingly from both industry and scholarly perspectives, and contend that, far from dying, newspapers are doing what they have always done: adapting to a changing environment.

This text is essential reading for all students of the press, with comprehensive and critical coverage of the most important debates in the study of newspaper journalism - from ethics and investigative journalism to political economy and the future of the industry. Given the shifting boundaries and central importance of newspapers, it will be of interest to all students of journalism and the media.

Praise for the Journalism Studies: Key Texts series:

'It is easy to describe a good textbook for a specific journalistic format… The ideal book has to satisfy a list of requirements that are also bullet-pointed in journalism assignment outlines. A text has to: synthesize the existing body of knowledge; explain concepts clearly; have a logical order of topics; and provide enough information and directions to pursue further study. One may also hope it would include real life examples and be lucid, vivid and a pleasure to read. Hard to find? Not anymore. The new SAGE series Journalism Studies: Key Texts satisfies the main requirements on the list. Carefully planned and meticulously edited by Martin Conboy, David Finkelstein and Bob Franklin, the textbook series is a welcome contribution to the literature of journalism studies…

All three books follow the same structural template: an overview of historical development; explication of the political and economic frameworks within particular types of journalism; a review of contemporary practices; social demographics; a comparative analysis of practices around the world; a summary of main conceptual approaches; an indication of future directions; recommendations for further reading. This strong organization resembles a template for a course outline. This is intentional because the series is aimed both at students and their practice-based lecturers, who often come straight from industry and need time to adjust to the academic environment…

[The series] achieves its aim to bridge the sometimes too evident dissonance between journalism theory and practice… They successfully situate discussions about journalism in social and historical contexts. We see the faces of individual journalists, the circumstances of news production, the relationship with owners, the battle between the public service and the profit nature of news, the relevance of journalism work. The detailed account of the conditions under which newspaper, radio and alternative journalism is produced and performed make the Journalism Studies: Key Texts series mandatory reading for both journalism students and their lecturers' - Verica Rupar, Journalism Studies

Part One: Newspapers Past and Present
The Continuing Importance of Newspaper Journalism
The UK National Press Today
Beyond Fleet Street: Newspapers in the Regions and Nations
Headlines from Newspaper History
Part Two: Contemporary Practices and Current Debates
The Changing Political Economy of the Press
From Telling Stories to Providing Content: Journalism in the Digital Age
The Press under Scrutiny: Self-Regulation and Ethics
Digging Deeper: Investigative Journalism in Newspapers
Part Three: Making Sense of Newspapers
Hacks and the Academy: Theorizing Journalism
Newspapers at the Crossroads
Read all about It: A Critical Bibliography of Newspaper Journalism

Authoritative and accessible, Cole & Harcup's book should be essential reading for all journalism students
Mick Temple
Professor of Journalism and Politics, Staffordshire University

Cole and Harcup offer a powerful counterblast to those who see the newspaper as a fatally wounded creature in terminal decline. They present a wealth of evidence to demonstrate the continuing global significance of newspapers in a changing world, and they provide a sober and balanced assessment of the future of newspaper journalism in the digital age. This is an engagingly written analysis that bridges the divide between media academics and practitioners, and which is essential reading for both
Professor Justin Lewis
Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

While not shirking collapsing circulations and the problems that beset the industry, Cole and Harcup conclude that newspapers are not on death row - cheering news indeed. An irresistible read for all print journalists
Bill Hagerty
British Journalism Review

Lucid, relevant and relentlessly forward looking, this is the best book around on the future of the newspaper in the digital age. Cole and Harcup is now required reading for all students of journalism and media studies
David Bradshaw
Head of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University

Anyone who has worked in newspapers never forgets the first time they heard the presses roll. Cole and Harcup's authoritative account conveys the pride and passion print journalism inspires amongst its readers, reporters, proprietors - and its critics
Sarah Niblock
Head of Journlism, Brunel University

Newspaper Journalism is not just about what's gone wrong with the industry but in many ways a celebration of why newspapers continue to be important and fascinating
Jon Slattery

[A] good read and written, it should be said, with obvious affection for the job
Gentlemen Ranters

Incredibly useful... Well researched, very well written, insightful and entertaining, this book is a comprehensive atlas of British newspapers... Mandatory reading for both journalism students and their lecturers
Verica Rupar
Journalism Studies

A welcome refutation to the doom-mongers... The key to this book’s understanding of the future of newspapers is their insistence that content is king, their assurance that well-trained and educated professionals will still be needed to provide readers with journalism, whether gossip, investigation, analysis or comment. They believe that providing material that is popular need not be the same as dumbing down and that high standards are the way forward in a world that can easily find low standards for free anywhere, anytime
Chris Frost

I will be suggesting this for the module coordinator for a level 5 module - Journalism in Context.

Ms Katherine Blair
Department of Media, Film and Culture, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
September 14, 2010

This book is excellent for out Print Journalism and Journalism degrees. It gives students a solid grounding in issues surrounding Newspapers and will act as an academic aid throughout their undergraduate studies.

Mr Malcolm Bradbrook
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
September 14, 2010

Love this series - used the series for the first time last year and student feedback was very positive so as it grows, I shall be adding the books to the reading list.

Ms Paula Hearsum
Faculty of Arts & Architecture, Brighton University
July 22, 2010

Good overview of the continued importance of newspapers and the changes going on within the industry

Dr Rakesh Kaushal
Department of Journalism, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 19, 2010

Clear-eyed and accessible.

Ms Sharon Wheeler
Faculty of Media, Gloucestershire University
June 2, 2010

very useful for our history module

Mrs Victoria Neumark Jones
HALE, London Metropolitan University
May 5, 2010

This is a timely book that I think will be quite useful for several of my courses and will be added in some cases as required reading and in some cases essential readings. I particularly found the section on the changing nature of the political economy of the press useful, as well as the press in the digital age helpful.

Dr Kaitlynn Mendes
Journalism, Film and Media, De Montfort University
March 26, 2010

Cole and Harcup have tackled many of the most pressing issues facing British newspapers today in an authoritative, yet accessible volume. Newspaper Journalism puts national and local papers under the spotlight and examines how the press might emerge from its current malaise.
Students seeking a career in print journalism should take note.

Mr David Penman
Journalism , De Montfort University
March 16, 2010

Written by two people who have their fingers firmly on the pulse in what is happening in the fast and ever-changing newspaper industry, it is an authoritative and entertaining read. A valuable addition to any newspaper journalism course reading list

Miss Angela Birchall
Journalism , Edge Hill University
March 8, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

For instructors

Please select a format:

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9781412931205

ISBN: 9781412931199

SAGE Knowledge is the premier social sciences platform for SAGE and CQ Press book, reference and video content.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.