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 Press under Scrutiny: Self-Regulation and Ethics

The Press under Scrutiny: Self-Regulation and Ethics

The press under scrutiny: Self-regulation and ethics

Sexual intercourse began in 1963, we are told in Philip Larkin's celebrated poem ‘Annus Mirabilis’, which is Latin for wonderful year. We can be equally precise about the genesis of newspaper ethics. The UK press had its Annus Horribilis, or year of misfortune, between April 1989 – when the Sun outraged Merseyside by defaming the victims of the Hillsborough disaster – and February 1990 – when the Sunday Sport invaded the hospital room of a popular TV actor who was recovering from a car accident caused by a hurricane. National newspaper editors of the time were famously warned by culture minister David Mellor that they were ‘drinking in the Last Chance Saloon’, ...

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