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.

Headlines from Newspaper History

Headlines from Newspaper History

Headlines from newspaper history

There is nothing new about news. Throughout recorded history people have craved to discover news out of what Kovach and Rosenstiel (2003) call the ‘awareness instinct. They have a need to know what is going on over the next hill beyond their direct experience. Knowledge of the unknown gives them security, allows them to plan and negotiate their lives. Exchanging this information becomes the basis for creating community, making human connections’ (2001: 21). Temple (2008: 3) puts it more intimately: ‘We have always loved to gossip and exchange our little titbits of information with our family and neighbours. It appears reasonable to assume that the oral transmission of news dates back to the first human civilisations’. Kovach and ...

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