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A History of News

Third Edition

Mitchell Stephens

Publication Date - August 2006

ISBN: 9780195189919

384 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $129.99

Description

What is news? Why are we so eager to exchange it? Why does it so often seem sensational? How does the way news is gathered and presented affect our politics and our lives? A History of News, Third Edition, provides an extended, international history of journalism that ranges from preliterate societies to the digital age. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of news and provides unique insights into contemporary journalism. Author Mitchell Stephens, an accomplished writer and media critic, analyzes news in all of its manifestations--spoken, written, visual and digital--from an international perspective.
For the third edition, Stephens has broadened the scope of the book's international coverage, expanded the section on television news, increased coverage of women and minorities and added new material on the Internet and the digital revolution. The book also features an updated timeline, questions at the end of each chapter and new boxes, many of which underline connections between older news systems and issues in contemporary journalism.

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 1997
September 1988

Reviews

Praise for previous editions:

". . . thorough, scrupulous, and witty. . . A History of News is in all respects first-rate, and original, work."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

". . . as a critical historian, his analysis is not only astute, but often elegant and even downright poignant . . . a book indispensable for its lucid demonstration that the news, while promising enlightenment, also promotes confusion."--Mark Crispin Miller, New York Times Book Review

"Stephens has produced a study of the concept of 'news' from prehistoric times to our own, and the book succeeds as a thoroughly accessible work about the history, anthropology, economics, psychology, and practical techniques of journalism."--Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

"Stephens . . . has given us an insightful and very different look at our communication past. . . . We do not have another communication history like this. . . . Perhaps we should make our students dive deeper. Perhaps we should ourselves. This book does."--Donald Lewis Shaw, Journalism Quarterly

Table of Contents

    A Chronology
    Introduction
    PART I: SPOKEN NEWS
    1. Why News?--The Thursty Desyer that All Our Kynde Hath to Know
    The Need for News--A Social Sense
    The Urge to Tell
    2. News in Preliterate Societies--In the Ordinary Way
    "Human Wireless Telegraphy"
    The Amplification of News--Messengers, Criers and Minstrels
    Newsworthiness
    The Edge of the World
    3. The Survival of Spoken News--Publishing the Whisper of the Day
    Coffeehouses and Nouvellistes
    The Decline of Spoken News
    PART II: WRITTEN NEWS
    4. News and Literacy--The First Story that Comes to Hand
    The Demands of News
    News and History
    5. News and Empire--The Thought Stream of the Group Mind
    News of Rome
    News Through China
    News Across Europe
    "Cosmopolitan Commerce"
    PART III: PRINTED NEWS
    6. Controlling the News--The Undeceiving of the People
    News Management and Manipulation--The Newsbook
    Press Controls
    A Fear of Controversy
    Chauvinism--The News Ballad
    7. Human Interests (Faits Divers)--Such a Deal of Wonder
    Published Gossip
    News of Crime
    Sensationalism
    Moralizing
    The Supernatural
    "Popular" Journalism
    8. The Logic of News (Faits Isolés)--People Biting Dogs
    The Extraordinary
    The Conventional
    The Unexpected
    PART IV: NEWSPAPERS
    9. The First Newspapers--Expecting the News
    News in Venice--The Gazette
    News from Amersterdam--The Coranto
    An Editor in London
    10. The Power of the Periodical--Domesticating News
    Home News--The Breadth of the Newspaper
    News of Science--The Authority of the Newspaper
    News of Business--The Speed of the Newspaper
    11. News and Revolution--A Junction of All the People
    The American Revolution
    The French Revolution
    A Free Press
    12. Mass Circulation--For All
    The Penny Press and Newspaper Ownership
    Other Voices
    The New Journalism and Consolidation
    Tabloids and Corporations
    PART V: REPORTING
    13. Before Reporting--No Data by Which We Can Correctly Reason
    The Haze
    The Print Shop
    14. The Development of Reporting--The Journalistic Method
    Enterprise
    Observation
    Investigation--The World Asked to Explain Itself
    The Veneration of the Fact
    Objectivity
    Controlling the News--Still
    PART VI: ELECTRONIC NEWS
    15. New Technologies--Improved Means to an Unimproved End
    Radio--An Electronic Meeting Place
    Television--The Distant Newsmonger
    16. The Information Explosion--A Surfeit of Data
    Publicity
    The Weight of the Present--News, Rumors and Ideas
    The Future of News
    Endnotes
    Bibliography
    Credits
    Index