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When News Was New

When News Was New

Terhi Rantanen

ISBN: 978-1-444-31087-0

May 2009

168 pages

Description

When News was New investigates how news has re-invented itself at different historical moments--from medieval storytellers to 19th century telegraph news agencies to 21st century bloggers.
  • Tracks the evolution of news through history
  • Explores the regular reconstruction of news, the salability of news, and whether objectivity matters
  • Provides an innovative approach to the history of news; clear, succinct writing; and effective use of photographs, maps, and tables which have strong appeal to the student reader
  • Offers a new way of understanding news in our history and culture

List of Figures and Tables viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: When News Was New x

1 Temporalization: How News Became New 1

2 Cosmopolitanization: An Older Phenomenon Than We Think 19

3 Globalization: When News Became Global 42

4 Commodifi cation: How To Sell News 58

5 Localization: Places in News 76

6 Nationalization: News and the Nation-states 92

7 Epilogue: Today Was Yesterday 112

Bibliography 133

Index 146

""A well structured analysis of journalism and what actually entails news, this is both an educational and thought provoking exploration into the purity of news. (M/C Reviews, March 2010)

""Terhi Rantanen's When News Was New is much more than a narrative of journalism history. This is an investigation into the very nature of journalism as it changes through the centuries."" (Polis Journalism and Society, April 2009)

  • Tracks the evolution of news through history
  • Explores the regular reconstruction of news, the salability of news, and whether objectivity matters
  • Provides an innovative approach to the history of news; clear, succinct writing; and effective use of photographs, maps, and tables which have strong appeal to the student reader
  • Offers a new way of understanding news in our history and culture