The Rise and Fall of the British Press takes an artful look at the past, present and immediate future of the printed newspaper. Temple offers a thought-provoking account of the evolution of Britain’s news consumption across the centuries, situating it within significant social, cultural and political currents of the time.
Throughout the book, parallels are drawn between current issues impacting on the press and society and those from previous decades, further illuminating the role, both historic and ongoing, of the news media in Britain. Temple concludes the book by looking to the future of print journalism, calling for a reassessment of its role in the twenty-first century, redefining what journalism should be and reasserting its value in society today.
This far-reaching analysis will be an invaluable resource for both students and researchers of journalism and media studies.
Chapter One: The first mass medium is born; Chapter Two: The press barons arrive – ‘power without responsibility’; Chapter Three: The challenge of broadcasting; Chapter Four: The long decline begins; Chapter Five: From Wapping to today; Chapter Six: The rise and fall of the local newspaper; Chapter Seven: The rise of a fifth estate?; Chapter Eight: The futures of newspapers - and journalism; Bibliography; Index