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When News Was New
     

When News Was New

by Terhi Rantanen
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405175517
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/11/2009
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are Saying About This

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"This is a work of exemplary scholarship that cannot be missed by students of communication, and will become indispensable reading for journalists and media executives struggling to grasp the new digital world." Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Technology and Society, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

"Terhi Rantanen's thoughtful, eloquent and seminal study of the shifting historical understandings of news, unravels and challenges existing scholarly orthodoxy. When News Was New is a significant book which makes compelling and essential reading for everyone interested in journalism studies." Bob Franklin, Professor of Journalism Studies, Cardiff University

"Terhi Rantanen has given us a brilliant archeology of the variable meanings of news." Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of A Sociology of Globalization

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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