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.

Hacks and the Academy: Theorising Journalism

Hacks and the Academy: Theorising Journalism

Hacks and the academy: Theorising journalism

Studying the media is a Mickey Mouse subject, suitable only for wasters and charlatans. We know that because the media keep telling us so. The phrases ‘media studies’ and ‘Mickey Mouse’ are used together so frequently that it is a wonder the Disney corporation hasn't placed the matter in the hands of M'Learned Friends. For Tim Luckhurst (2008), a journalist turned academic, media studies is rightly thought of as ‘a debased catch-all, ridiculed in newsrooms everywhere’. As veteran Fleet Street editor Richard Stott (2007: 78) admitted when faced with the latest published output from a university journalism department: ‘It's difficult to stop a curl of the lip, a Roger Moore raised eyebrow’. Few editors ...

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