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5th Edition

News and Journalism in the UK

ISBN 9780415410724
Published August 4, 2009 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

News and Journalism in the UK is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the political, economic and regulatory environments of press and broadcast journalism in Britain and Northern Ireland.

Surveying the industry in a period of radical economic and technological change, Brian McNair examines the main trends in journalistic media in the last two decades and assesses the challenges and future of the industry in the new millennium.

Integrating both academic and journalistic perspectives on journalism, topics addressed in this revised and updated edition include:

  • the rise of online journalism and the impact of blogging on mainstream journalism
  • the emergence of 24 hour news channels in the UK
  • the role and impact of journalism, with reference to issues such as democracy, health scares and the war on terror
  • trends in media ownership and editorial allegiances
  • 'Tabloidisation', Americanisation and the supposed 'dumbing down' of journalistic standards
  • the implications of devolution for regional journalists.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Fifth Edition

1 Why journalism matters

2 Journalism’s social role

3 Journalism and its critics, I – the view from the Academy

4 Making news – approaches to the sociology of journalism

5 Journalism and its critics, II – beyond the Academy

6 Print journalism in the UK

7 Broadcast journalism in the UK

8 Online journalism in the UK

9 The regional story

10 Conclusion

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Brian McNair is Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of News and Journalism in the UK, Glasnost, Perestroika and the Soviet Union and Images of the Enemy.