1st Edition

How Journalism Uses History

Edited By Martin Conboy Copyright 2012
    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.