Journalism History

Authored by: Martin Conboy

The Handbook of Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138052888
eBook ISBN: 9781315167497
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This chapter attempts to break new ground in developing an overview of the historiography of journalism. Rather than returning to well-documented narratives of the historical development of the field from its earliest prototypes through its various technological platforms from broadcast to online, it will examine how histories of journalism themselves have contributed to our understanding of journalism and its social, political, and cultural functions. These historical interpretations tell us as much about the ways society has used journalism as do more traditional narratives.

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