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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, ...

Technology and Journalism
Technology and journalism
Introduction

To bemoan the impact of technology on journalism would seem a rather futile occupation given that journalism is itself the product of a particular combination of technology and public communication. In fact from Gutenberg's development of mechanical printing from 1450 onwards any form of this public communication has always been structured in response to technological innovation. This means that from any long-term perspective we cannot consider technology in itself to be a threat to journalism, but more a necessary part of the structural environment in which it functions. This chapter will assess the impact of technology on journalism over the twentieth century while bearing in mind the broader contexts of these changes. It will explore whether these communication technologies - ...

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