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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, ...

Local Journalism
Local journalism
Introduction

We shall finish this book by having a brief look at local journalism. For the purposes of clarity we will use the term ‘local’ to incorporate all forms of journalism which are not the London-based, British, national variant. The location of local journalism at the end of the book is intended to draw attention to the plight of this variety of journalism as an exception to the book's general narrative. This chapter will claim that local journalism differs in its development to that of other forms of journalism across the twentieth century. Whereas the main argument here has been that journalism has not declined from a golden age but is merely mutating to adapt to changing, technological, political and economic circumstances, it ...

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