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Journalism in Britain

Journalism in Britain
A Historical Introduction

January 2011 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A firm grasp of journalism's development and contribution to social and political debates is a cornerstone of any media studies education. This book teaches students that essential historical literacy, providing a full overview of how changes in the ownership, emphasis, and technologies of journalism in Britain have been motivated by social, economic, and cultural shifts among readerships and markets.

Covering journalism's enduring questions – political coverage, the influence of advertising, the sensationalization of news coverage, the popular market and the economic motives of the owners of newspapers – this book is a comprehensive, articulate, and rich account of how the mediascape of modern Britain has been shaped.

Journalism in Britain is core reading for students of journalism and media studies.

Journalism and the Coming of Mass Markets
The Impact of Broadcasting and the Public Sphere
Patterns of Ownership and Control
Women as Consumers and Producers of Journalism
Technology and Journalism
Styling the Century: Tabloid Journalism
Journalism and Political Coverage
Alternative Journalism
Magazine Journalism: The Most Influential Genre
Hacks or Heroes?
Local Journalism

To engage contemporary students in history needs a special talent to enthuse and inspire. Conboy succeeds admirably. What might have been a forbidding chronological slog is thoroughly enlivened by Conboy's thematic approach, shot through with passion and rigour in equal measure. This is a book written with a commitment to the importance of history for the present; it will undeniably cultivate the same commitment in its readers.

Chris Atton
Edinburgh Napier University

Martin Conboy's original perspective and engaging style are here employed to great effect on a book about British journalism which will be of huge value to students, educators and researchers at every level. Whether the century and a bit covered by this book turns out to be the end of journalism as we have known it, or just the beginning, Conboy's account of its evolution will prepare readers well for an uncertain future in the digital decade to come.

Brian McNair
Queensland University of Technology

Conboy’s book is an excellent addition to the growing ranks of Journalism history texts in an area for which he is a worthy champion and which should really now be being taught on all UK Journalism course. 

Journalism Education

A very comprehensive outline of the history of journalism in the UK from the Penny Press up to the digital revolution.

Conboy provides an excellent reference point for all journalism studies setting in context, in an accessible and logical style, all major develoments which have shaped the industry from the outset to the present day.

Ms Gail Mellors
Journalism , Derby University
September 6, 2012

Excellent overview of the historical development of journalism in Britain and complements other texts on the same subject written by the author.

Mr Ato Erzan-Essien
Media, Chester University
April 26, 2012

Excellent text on the history of journalism for undergraduates, highly recommended, informative and fluently written.

Llion Iwan
School of Creative Studies and Media, University of Wales, Bangor
November 2, 2011

A great introduction to journalism in the UK, especially for our many foreign students

Dr Abel Ugba
Mass Communications , University of East London
October 18, 2011

Useful reading for students on journalism and media courses

Professor Rosalind Coward
Journalism , Roehampton University
October 3, 2011

An authoritative and accessible introduction to the history of journalism. Excellent resource for undergraduates.

Mr Philip Dixon
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society, Southampton Solent University
January 28, 2011

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