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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About 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.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables viii
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 Commodification: 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
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"This is a work of exemplary scholarship that cannot be missed bystudents of communication, and will become indispensable readingfor journalists and media executives struggling to grasp the newdigital world." Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair ofCommunication Technology and Society, University of SouthernCalifornia, Los Angeles
"Terhi Rantanen's thoughtful, eloquent and seminal study of theshifting historical understandings of news, unravels and challengesexisting scholarly orthodoxy. When News Was New is a significantbook which makes compelling and essential reading for everyoneinterested in journalism studies." Bob Franklin, Professor ofJournalism Studies, Cardiff University
"Terhi Rantanen has given us a brilliant archeology of thevariable meanings of news." Saskia Sassen, Columbia University,author of A Sociology of Globalization