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What is news, and why sell it? What is one buying when one buys news? Is it the "objectivity" of news that matters, or is it rather the public's appetite for the latest scoop?

When News Was New investigates how news has been re-invented at different historical moments, from medieval storytellers to nineteenth-century telegraph news agencies to twenty-first-century bloggers and podcasters. Rantanen argues that the newness of news has been regularly reconstructed, and that the era of "pure" news is over: news is mostly old stories made new.

Rather than asking whether news is "objective," the book explores the temporality and spatiality of news, in order to show how it changes not only itself but the space around it. Written in a clear and succinct style, When News Was New reaches out from the field of journalism studies to survey the wider social implications of news.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A well structured analysis of journalism and what actually entails news, this is both an educational and thought provoking exploration into the purity of news. (M/C Reviews, March 2010)

"Terhi Rantanen's When News Was New is much more than a narrative of journalism history. This is an investigation into the very nature of journalism as it changes through the centuries." (Polis Journalism and Society, April 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405175524
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Terhi Rantanen is Professor and Director of the Master's Proframme in Global Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published extensively on global news and is the author of six books and more than fifty chapters and articles published in the UK, the USA, Austria, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Taiwan.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: When News Was New x

1 Temporalization: How News Became New 1

2 Cosmopolitanization: An Older Phenomenon Than We Think 19

3 Globalization: When News Became Global 42

4 Commodifi cation: How To Sell News 58

5 Localization: Places in News 76

6 Nationalization: News and the Nation-states 92

7 Epilogue: Today Was Yesterday 112

Bibliography 133

Index 146

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