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 Changing Political Economy of the Press

The Changing Political Economy of the Press

The changing political economy of the press

The ‘Wapping revolution’ of 1986 marked not only the end of the power of the print unions but also the solidification of the corporate age of newspaper publishing. Some of the long established newspaper dynasties survived, most notably the Rothermere/Harmsworth control of the group publishing the Daily Mail. But other changes in ownership of the Telegraph and Express groups, heralded a new era in which owners were not necessarily well-known individuals but public corporations with shareholders and stock market prices to concern them – to a considerable extent, businesses like any other. Wapping had changed the cost structure of newspaper publication and, in theory at least and often in practice, had made ...

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