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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

Useful position for my course. I have recommended to purchase it for our library in the Institute of Journalism.

Dr Adam Szynol
Journalism , University of Wroclaw
February 9, 2010

This is one of four books I have recommended to students on this module and a module called Introduction to Print Production.
It covers all the main points, although already there is aneed for a new edition! Paywalls don't feature, for instance. But still a fine introductory text.

Mr Steven Harrison
Journalism , Liverpool John Moores University
February 9, 2010

In the face of the endless pronouncements about the imminent death of newspaper journalism, it's really refreshing to come across such a well-informed and empirically rich account of the current state of the British press combined with a critical and level-headed approach to its various possible futures. The critical bibliography is a particularly useful pedagogical feature.

Professor Julian Petley
Mass Communications , Brunel University
February 3, 2010

An excellent overview of the current state of play regarding newspapers and an encouraging message of hope for their future. This is an authoritative guide to the big issues surrounding the industry and also offers an insight into the rise and usefulness of journalism education.

Mr Simon McEnnis
Sport and Leisure Cultures, Brighton University
January 13, 2010

A good text, offering a fresh and contemporary take on the industry.

Dr Amanda Geary
Journalism , University of the West of Scotland
December 7, 2009

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