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How Journalism Uses History

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Conboy


128 pages

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How Journalism Uses History examines the various ways in which journalism uses history and historical sources in order to better understand the relationships between journalists, historians and journalism scholars. It highlights the ambiguous overlap between the role of the historian and that of the journalist, and underlines that there no longer seems to be reason to accept that one begins only where the other ends.

With Journalism Studies as a developing subject area throughout the world, journalism history is becoming a particularly vivacious field. As such, How Journalism Uses History argues that, if historical study of this kind is to achieve its full potential, there needs to be a fuller and more consistent engagement with other academics studying the past: political, social and cultural historians in particular, but also scholars working in politics, sociology, literature and linguistics.

Contributors in this book discuss the core themes which inform history’s relationship with journalism from a wide range of geographical and methodological perspectives. They aim to create more ambitious conversations about using journalism both as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about its role as constituent of the public sphere in using discourse and tradition to connect contemporary audiences with history.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice.

Table of Contents

Preface Bob Franklin Foreword Anthony Delano 1. How journalism uses history Martin Conboy 2. A Reservoir of Understanding: Why journalism needs history as a thematic field Horst Pöttker 3. Are Journalists Always Wrong: And are historians always right? Chris Daley 4. Teaching Journalism History to Journalists Andie Tucher 5. Broadsheets, Broadcasts and Botany Bay: History in the Australian media Bridget Griffen-Foley 6. The Presence of the Past: The uses of history in the discourses of contemporary South African journalism Herman Wassermann 7. Framing Revolution and Re-framing Counter Revolution: History, context and journalism in the new left-wing Latin American paradigm Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Olga Guedes Bailey and Andres Cañizalez

About the Editor

Martin Conboy is Professor of Journalism History at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is also co-director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History based in Sheffield. Research interests include the representation of national identity, popular journalism and celebrity culture. He is the author of six books on the language and history of journalism and is on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies, Media History, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism and Memory Studies. He is also co-editor of the book series Journalism Studies: Key Texts.

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies