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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, ...

Journalism and Political Coverage
Journalism and political coverage

Although the issue of political coverage runs throughout much of this book, this chapter will focus exclusively on this particular function of journalism, a function which distinguishes journalism from other related forms of communication in its ambition to inform an audience of contemporary political developments in order to enable people to make democratic choices about the world in which they live and work. It will concentrate on the coverage of politics beyond the attempts of media owners to control the content of newspapers, from Northcliffe to Murdoch. It will consider the implications of the shift from hard political coverage over the century and the increase in soft-news and lifestyle coverage. It will indicate something of the relationship between ...

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