Originally published in 1991. This fascinating book of journalism history outlines the author’s concepts of the three ‘central ideas’ in journalism which have evolved through time. The first is the Official Story, that which state authorities wanted people to know; the second, the Corruption Story, emphasised the abuse of authority by those in power and focused on a willingness to oppose the official and tell the specific detail; and the third, the Oppression Story, where journalists present the cause of events as down to external influences and work to change the social environment.
The book narrates the history from its European beginnings in the 16th and 17th Centuries up to the early 20th Century, expressing how all interpretive journalism has a philosophic, world-view, component and understanding journalism history entails understanding these insights of the times.
Introduction Part 1: Rise of the Corruption Story 1. Unnatural Acts 2. Perils of the Puritan Press 3. A New Planting of the Corruption Story Part 2: Macrostories in Conflict 4. The Establishment of American Press Liberty 5. First Surge of the Oppression Story 6. The Great Debates of Journalism Part 3: Breakthrough of the Oppression Story 7. The Irrepressible Conflict in the Press 8. Obstacles to Power 9. Of Muckrakers and Presidents. Appendices
Reissuing works originally published between 1963 and 2003, this set offers a wide-ranging selection of topics related to journalism and newspapers, from the operations of Fleet Street to cataloguing US newspapers. Topical volumes consider the press and racism, major disaster coverage and ethics while others present journalism methods from videotex to the internet. With particular current interest in the role of the media, several critical volumes here on its relation to politics and past practices will make this an intensely useful set covering history and issues which are still very prevalent.