The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3

Competition and Disruption, 1900-2017

Edited by Martin Conboy, Adrian Bingham

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Offers a definitive history of the British and Irish Press from 1900-2017

  • Captures the cross-regional and transnational dimension of press history in twentieth-century and at the start of twenty first-century Britain and Ireland
  • Offers unique and important reassessments of twentieth-century and contemporary British and Irish press and periodical media within social, cultural, technological, economic and historical contexts
  • Provides a timeline of significant events for cross-reference as well as an extensive bibliography for further research

This volume responds to the absence of wide-ranging, up-to-date analysis of newspapers and periodicals across Britain and Ireland in the twentieth century by providing an ambitious, interdisciplinary and research-led volume that seeks to explore long-term continuities and changes.

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Introduction: Adrian Bingham

1. Economics: Ownership and Competion: Jonathan Hardy

2. News Production: Robert Campbell

3. Readers and Readerships: Thomas O’Malley

4. Regulation: Julian Petley

5. Identities and Communities: John Steel

6. Transatlantic Exchanges: Mark Hampton

7. Literary and Review Journalism: Sarah Lonsdale

8. Financial Press: Steve Schifferes (in memory of Richard Roberts)

9. Digital News, Digitized News: Scott Eldridge II

10. Professional Identity: Aaron Ackerley

11. News Agencies: Jonathan Grun

12. Photography and Illustration: Frances Robertson

13. The Sporting Press: Steve Tate

14. Women’s Magazines: Maggie Andrews and Fan Carter

15. Welsh Press: Simon Gywn Roberts

16. The Irish-language Press: Regina Uí Chollatáin 

17. The Gaelic Press: Rob Dunbar

18. The Northern Irish Press: Nora Moroney and Stephen O’Neill

19. The Black British and Irish Press: Olive Vassell

20. Cartoons: Jane Chapman

21. Britain’s Imperial Press System: Simon Potter

22. The Entertainment Press: Patrick Glen

23. Feminism and Feminist Press: Kaitlynn Mendes and Jilly Boyce Kay

24. The LGBTQ Press: Alison Oram and Justin Bengry

25. Press and the Labour Movement: Thomas Dowling and Adrian Bingham

26. The Tabloid Press: Sofia Johansson

27. The Sunday Press: Martin Conboy

28. Satirical Journalism: Felix Larkin and James Whitworth (Case Study)

29. Newspaper Reporting of the Westminster Parliament: Bob Franklin

30. Extra-Parliamentary Reporting: Andrew Calcutt and Mark Beachill

31. Science and the Press: Robert Bud

32. The Metropolitan Press: Mark O’Brien

33. The Provincial Press: Rachel Matthews

Concluding Comments
Timeline of Significant Events
Additional Notes

This is a breakthrough book which not only harvests a generation of research since the last general anthology but also includes important new work. It will be the first place to turn for anyone who wants to know about the history of the British press since 1900.

James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London
Martin Conboy is Professor of Journalism History at the University of Sheffield where he is also the co-director (with Adrian Bingham) of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History. His work has been funded by the AHRC, the Dutch NWO and Marsh’s Library in Dublin. He is the author of seven single-authored books on the language and history of journalism as well as co-author and editor of nine more. He is on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies: Media History; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; and Memory Studies.

Adrian Bingham is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Sheffield. He has written widely about the popular press, including Gender, Modernity, and the Popular Press in Inter-War Britain (OUP, 2004), Family Newspapers? Sex, Private Life and the British Popular Press 1918-78 (OUP, 2009), and, with Professor Martin Conboy, Tabloid Century: The Popular Press in Britain, 1896 to the present (Peter Lang, 2015).

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