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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, ...

Alternative Journalism
Alternative journalism
Introduction

The triumph of liberal capitalism as a model for the newspaper market in the mid-nineteenth century after the ending of the taxes on newspapers from 1855 led inexorably to a narrowing of the field of potential for alternatives to what was rapidly becoming shaped as mainstream journalism. This was increasingly profit-driven and dependent on advertising revenue to supplement the income from its cover price. Put simply, advertising keeps down costs. Nevertheless, this market has been populated by different experiments within this capitalist environment at different times, but commercial success has always remained the single overriding imperative for longevity. This didn't mean that the alternatives that did appear did not weave their influence over the longer term but that any such influence tended ...

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