The Age of News

Book Review: Jean Chalaby’s The Invention of Journalism

Jean Chalaby’s The Invention of Journalism focuses on the emergence of the journalistic field during the second half of the nineteenth century, challenging the traditional view that journalism appeared with the first gazettes and handwritten newsletters.  Chalaby is holistic in his approach, stressing that discourse is not limited to linguistics and must also consider theContinue reading “Book Review: Jean Chalaby’s The Invention of Journalism”

What challenges did propaganda present for journalism in the 20th century and were they overcome?

Introduction From the late nineteenth century onwards, war and the mass media have ‘enjoyed a long, intricate relationship’ which only intensified with the growth of technology during the twentieth century.[1] Information from overseas correspondents could be relayed faster than ever before and the variety of mediums over which it was presented increased, allowing reporters toContinue reading “What challenges did propaganda present for journalism in the 20th century and were they overcome?”

Were the tabloid newspapers of the mid-20th century merely commercial enterprises selling entertainment or vital guardians of the public interest?

Introduction As early as the 18th century, the press had served the formula “intelligence, instruction and entertainment,” telling us that news, advice, and lifestyle coverage were considered vital components of a newspaper before the construction of tabloid.[1] After exclusively serving the educated middle classes, the press increasingly began to address the newly literate working classesContinue reading “Were the tabloid newspapers of the mid-20th century merely commercial enterprises selling entertainment or vital guardians of the public interest?”

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