Journalism history : a debate


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In this exchange, Mark Hampton and Martin Conboy debate the best approaches to researching and writing journalism history. In the first essay, Hampton, taking as his starting point Conboy's 2010 agenda-setting article, "The Paradoxes of Journalism History'', argues that journalism history should be more deeply integrated within broader cultural, political, and economic historiographies, and that media history is key to this task. In the second essay, Conboy acknowledges the importance of such wider contexts, but reaffirms the need for disentangling journalism history more carefully from media history in order to appreciate its distinctive qualities. This methodological disagreement is particularly important because of the underlying premise on which both scholars agree: that a rigorous historical approach is central to the undertaking of Journalism Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-171
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number2
Early online date1 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventHistory, genre, narrative: newspapers and the construction of the twentieth century - United Kingdom, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Sept 201214 Sept 2012


  • historical methodology
  • journalism as discourse
  • journalism history
  • media history
  • political economy of news


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