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A History of News / Edition 3

A History of News / Edition 3

by Mitchell Stephens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195189914

ISBN-13: 9780195189919

Pub. Date: 08/10/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195189919
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/10/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

A Chronology
Introduction
PART I: SPOKEN NEWS
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
Newsworthiness
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
PART II: WRITTEN 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"
PART III: PRINTED NEWS
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
Sensationalism
Moralizing
The Supernatural
"Popular" Journalism
8. The Logic of News (Faits Isolés)—People Biting Dogs
The Extraordinary
The Conventional
The Unexpected
PART IV: NEWSPAPERS
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
PART V: REPORTING
13. Before Reporting—No Data by Which We Can Correctly Reason
The Haze
The Print Shop
14. The Development of Reporting—The Journalistic Method
Enterprise
Observation
Investigation—The World Asked to Explain Itself
The Veneration of the Fact
Objectivity
Controlling the News—Still
PART VI: ELECTRONIC NEWS
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
Publicity
The Weight of the Present—News, Rumors and Ideas
The Future of News
Endnotes
Bibliography
Credits
Index

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