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The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

New Technology
New technology

The media have undergone a series of technological revolutions since Johann Gutenberg's first printing press in the 1400s effectively paved the way for the emergence of the press nearly 200 years later (De La Mare, 1997).

All have been dramatic in their impact on the industry including the advent of radio, television and the Internet, but none have been bloodier or more controversial than the computer-based print technology imposed on the national press between 1986 and 1989 which ‘marked a decisive watershed for British newspapers’ (Franklin, 1997: 101).

The first significant print technological innovation of the twentieth century took place at the Wolverhampton Star series which went over to web offset in the 1960s, abandoning the century-old hot-metal process. Other local newspaper groups followed, some ...

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