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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, ...

Patterns of Ownership and Control
Patterns of ownership and control
Introduction

The ownership and control of news media can have a direct and sometimes indirect influence on the quality and substance of the journalism they provide. This influence can be exerted via the direct imposition of the will of an owner on a newspaper or a television provider or it can come via the equally powerful influence of a leading politician or government of the day. Such influence can emanate from corporate anxieties about profit-making or from concerns voiced on behalf of the public about the quality of public communication. Across the history of twentieth-century journalism, we can observe several examples of the struggle between commercial and state attitudes towards the quality of journalism and the access ...

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