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.

The UK National Press Today

The UK National Press Today

The UK national press today

We have in Britain the greatest variety of newspapers of any nation in the world, and that is particularly true of our national press. But what do we mean by ‘national press? In these days of devolved government, the Scotsman or Herald may see themselves as the national newspapers of Scotland, and the Western Mail has claimed to be the national paper of Wales. Therefore, to define the national press as those newspapers published in London and readily available across the UK could be seen as provocative; however, it remains a useful and commonly accepted description, and will be used throughout this book.

The fact that we have a thriving national press is due to several factors. ...

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