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Newspaper Journalism

Newspaper Journalism

December 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Are newspapers faced with an existential threat or are they changing to meet the challenges of a digital world? With the newspaper's role in a state of fundamental redefinition, Newspaper Journalism offers a timely and up to the minute analysis of newspapers today, in the context of their historical importance to society. Drawing on their extensive experience in academia and also across local, national, mainstream, and alternative newspapers, Peter Cole and Tony Harcup write clearly and engagingly from both industry and scholarly perspectives, and contend that, far from dying, newspapers are doing what they have always done: adapting to a changing environment.

This text is essential reading for all students of the press, with comprehensive and critical coverage of the most important debates in the study of newspaper journalism - from ethics and investigative journalism to political economy and the future of the industry. Given the shifting boundaries and central importance of newspapers, it will be of interest to all students of journalism and the media.

Part One: Newspapers Past and Present
The Continuing Importance of Newspaper Journalism
The UK National Press Today
Beyond Fleet Street: Newspapers in the Regions and Nations
Headlines from Newspaper History
Part Two: Contemporary Practices and Current Debates
The Changing Political Economy of the Press
From Telling Stories to Providing Content: Journalism in the Digital Age
The Press under Scrutiny: Self-Regulation and Ethics
Digging Deeper: Investigative Journalism in Newspapers
Part Three: Making Sense of Newspapers
Hacks and the Academy: Theorizing Journalism
Newspapers at the Crossroads
Read all about It: A Critical Bibliography of Newspaper Journalism

Authoritative and accessible, Cole & Harcup's book should be essential reading for all journalism students
Mick Temple
Professor of Journalism and Politics, Staffordshire University

Cole and Harcup offer a powerful counterblast to those who see the newspaper as a fatally wounded creature in terminal decline. They present a wealth of evidence to demonstrate the continuing global significance of newspapers in a changing world, and they provide a sober and balanced assessment of the future of newspaper journalism in the digital age. This is an engagingly written analysis that bridges the divide between media academics and practitioners, and which is essential reading for both
Professor Justin Lewis
Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University

While not shirking collapsing circulations and the problems that beset the industry, Cole and Harcup conclude that newspapers are not on death row - cheering news indeed. An irresistible read for all print journalists
Bill Hagerty
British Journalism Review

Lucid, relevant and relentlessly forward looking, this is the best book around on the future of the newspaper in the digital age. Cole and Harcup is now required reading for all students of journalism and media studies
David Bradshaw
Head of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University

Anyone who has worked in newspapers never forgets the first time they heard the presses roll. Cole and Harcup's authoritative account conveys the pride and passion print journalism inspires amongst its readers, reporters, proprietors - and its critics
Sarah Niblock
Head of Journlism, Brunel University

Newspaper Journalism is not just about what's gone wrong with the industry but in many ways a celebration of why newspapers continue to be important and fascinating
Jon Slattery

[A] good read and written, it should be said, with obvious affection for the job
Gentlemen Ranters

Incredibly useful... Well researched, very well written, insightful and entertaining, this book is a comprehensive atlas of British newspapers... Mandatory reading for both journalism students and their lecturers
Verica Rupar
Journalism Studies

A welcome refutation to the doom-mongers... The key to this book’s understanding of the future of newspapers is their insistence that content is king, their assurance that well-trained and educated professionals will still be needed to provide readers with journalism, whether gossip, investigation, analysis or comment. They believe that providing material that is popular need not be the same as dumbing down and that high standards are the way forward in a world that can easily find low standards for free anywhere, anytime
Chris Frost

I will be suggesting this for the module coordinator for a level 5 module - Journalism in Context.

Ms Katherine Blair
Department of Media, Film and Culture, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
September 14, 2010

This book is excellent for out Print Journalism and Journalism degrees. It gives students a solid grounding in issues surrounding Newspapers and will act as an academic aid throughout their undergraduate studies.

Mr Malcolm Bradbrook
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
September 14, 2010

Love this series - used the series for the first time last year and student feedback was very positive so as it grows, I shall be adding the books to the reading list.

Ms Paula Hearsum
Faculty of Arts & Architecture, Brighton University
July 22, 2010

Good overview of the continued importance of newspapers and the changes going on within the industry

Dr Rakesh Kaushal
Department of Journalism, University of the West of England, Bristol
July 19, 2010

Clear-eyed and accessible.

Ms Sharon Wheeler
Faculty of Media, Gloucestershire University
June 2, 2010

very useful for our history module

Mrs Victoria Neumark Jones
HALE, London Metropolitan University
May 5, 2010

This is a timely book that I think will be quite useful for several of my courses and will be added in some cases as required reading and in some cases essential readings. I particularly found the section on the changing nature of the political economy of the press useful, as well as the press in the digital age helpful.

Dr Kaitlynn Mendes
Journalism, Film and Media, De Montfort University
March 26, 2010

Cole and Harcup have tackled many of the most pressing issues facing British newspapers today in an authoritative, yet accessible volume. Newspaper Journalism puts national and local papers under the spotlight and examines how the press might emerge from its current malaise.
Students seeking a career in print journalism should take note.

Mr David Penman
Journalism , De Montfort University
March 16, 2010

Written by two people who have their fingers firmly on the pulse in what is happening in the fast and ever-changing newspaper industry, it is an authoritative and entertaining read. A valuable addition to any newspaper journalism course reading list

Miss Angela Birchall
Journalism , Edge Hill University
March 8, 2010

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