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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, ...

Styling the Century: Tabloid Journalism
Styling the century: Tabloid journalism
Introduction

The most pervasive influence on the form and scope of the journalism of the twentieth century has undoubtedly been the tabloid, especially in its elaboration of, first, an appeal to a broadly working class readership and, subsequently, its incorporation of a wider range of general popular culture. The language and style of both the popular newspaper in Britain and then the tabloid have had an incremental impact on newspapers generally over the last hundred years. Not only have broadsheet newspapers been driven for commercial reasons to adopt a ‘compact’ format but also the emphasis and style of the language of these elite newspapers have also been orientated more towards the news values of the tabloids as ...

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