Originally published in 1970. This book takes an extremely critical look at the British Press and explodes complacently held views of the time about the merits and virtues of British newspapers. From its polemical introduction by the editor it continues with chapters by a strong host of contributors to set the press in historical context, consider Fleet Street’s methods, and look at the effect of advertising. Particular aspects investigated are that of women’s journalism, sport, financial journalism and reviewing. Final chapters look at the underground, fringe press, provincial papers, and a comparison with other countries’ press.
Introduction 1. Growing Pains Richard Boston 2. Radical and /or Respectable Raymond Williams 3. What’s News? D.A.N. Jones 4. Anatomy of a Crisis Tom Baistow 5. The Adman Cometh Malcolm Southan 6. The Woman Complex Susanne Puddefoot 7. Sports Page Geoffrey Nicholson 8. The Harlot’s Prerogative John Palmer 9. Review’s Reviewed D.A.N Jones 10. Fringe Press and Naked Emperor Peter Fryer 11. Provincial Press: Towards One Big Shopper A.C.H. Smith 12. Correspondent’s Course Peter Brusse
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.