Are newspapers faced with an existential threat or are they changing to meet the challenges of a digital world? With the newspaper's role in a state of fundamental redefinition, Newspaper Journalism offers a timely and up to the minute analysis of newspapers today, in the context of their historical importance to society. Drawing on their extensive experience in academia and also across local, national, mainstream, and alternative newspapers, Peter Cole and Tony Harcup write clearly and engagingly from both industry and scholarly perspectives, and contend that, far from dying, newspapers are doing what they have always done: adapting to a changing environment.

This text is essential reading for all students of the press, with comprehensive and critical coverage of the most important debates in the study of newspaper journalism — from ethics and investigative journalism to political economy and the future of the industry. Given the shifting boundaries and central importance of newspapers, it will be of interest to all students of journalism and the media.

Newspapers at the Crossroads

Newspapers at the Crossroads

Newspapers at the crossroads

It is too early, far too early, to be writing the obituary for newspapers in their traditional form. They have been around for more than two hundred years in a number of variations on their present form. Yet there is no doubt that the early years of the twenty-first century witnessed greater uncertainty than ever before, compounded in 2008–2009 by a serious economic recession. There was hysteria, fear, even panic. It was a good time for pundits because they were offering ‘analysis’ and ‘predictions’ to a world that did not fully understand what was happening or going to happen. It was a time to doubt the ‘certainties’ of those who could not be certain. It was a time ...

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