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What is news? Why are we so eager to exchange it? Why does it so often seem sensational? How does the way news is gathered and presented affect our politics and our lives? A History of News, Third Edition, provides an extended, international history of journalism that ranges from preliterate societies to the digital age. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of news and provides unique insights into contemporary journalism. Author Mitchell Stephens, an accomplished writer and media critic, analyzes news in all of its manifestations--spoken, written, visual and digital--from an international perspective.
For the third edition, Stephens has broadened the scope of the book's international coverage, expanded the section on television news, increased coverage of women and minorities and added new material on the Internet and the digital revolution. The book also features an updated timeline, questions at the end of each chapter and new boxes, many of which underline connections between older news systems and issues in contemporary journalism.

From preliterate communication to the electronic media, news is examined as a staple of human society.

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Praise for previous editions:

". . . thorough, scrupulous, and witty. . . A History of News is in all respects first-rate, and original, work."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

". . . as a critical historian, his analysis is not only astute, but often elegant and even downright poignant . . . a book indispensable for its lucid demonstration that the news, while promising enlightenment, also promotes confusion."--Mark Crispin Miller, New York Times Book Review

"Stephens has produced a study of the concept of 'news' from prehistoric times to our own, and the book succeeds as a thoroughly accessible work about the history, anthropology, economics, psychology, and practical techniques of journalism."--Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"Stephens . . . has given us an insightful and very different look at our communication past. . . . We do not have another communication history like this. . . . Perhaps we should make our students dive deeper. Perhaps we should ourselves. This book does."--Donald Lewis Shaw, Journalism Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195189919
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/10/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

New York University
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Table of Contents

A Chronology
1. Why News?--The Thursty Desyer that All Our Kynde Hath to Know
The Need for News--A Social Sense
The Urge to Tell
2. News in Preliterate Societies--In the Ordinary Way
"Human Wireless Telegraphy"
The Amplification of News--Messengers, Criers and Minstrels
The Edge of the World
3. The Survival of Spoken News--Publishing the Whisper of the Day
Coffeehouses and Nouvellistes
The Decline of Spoken News
4. News and Literacy--The First Story that Comes to Hand
The Demands of News
News and History
5. News and Empire--The Thought Stream of the Group Mind
News of Rome
News Through China
News Across Europe
"Cosmopolitan Commerce"
6. Controlling the News--The Undeceiving of the People
News Management and Manipulation--The Newsbook
Press Controls
A Fear of Controversy
Chauvinism--The News Ballad
7. Human Interests (Faits Divers)--Such a Deal of Wonder
Published Gossip
News of Crime
The Supernatural
"Popular" Journalism
8. The Logic of News (Faits Isol├ęs)--People Biting Dogs
The Extraordinary
The Conventional
The Unexpected
9. The First Newspapers--Expecting the News
News in Venice--The Gazette
News from Amersterdam--The Coranto
An Editor in London
10. The Power of the Periodical--Domesticating News
Home News--The Breadth of the Newspaper
News of Science--The Authority of the Newspaper
News of Business--The Speed of the Newspaper
11. News and Revolution--A Junction of All the People
The American Revolution
The French Revolution
A Free Press
12. Mass Circulation--For All
The Penny Press and Newspaper Ownership
Other Voices
The New Journalism and Consolidation
Tabloids and Corporations
13. Before Reporting--No Data by Which We Can Correctly Reason
The Haze
The Print Shop
14. The Development of Reporting--The Journalistic Method
Investigation--The World Asked to Explain Itself
The Veneration of the Fact
Controlling the News--Still
15. New Technologies--Improved Means to an Unimproved End
Radio--An Electronic Meeting Place
Television--The Distant Newsmonger
16. The Information Explosion--A Surfeit of Data
The Weight of the Present--News, Rumors and Ideas
The Future of News

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