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The Evolution And Role Of Newspapers

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This chapter considers some of the changes that have taken place, particularly in British newspapers over the last few centuries. It assesses the role of newspapers today, both in England and elsewhere. The chapter points out that as globalization spreads, the same media styles are spreading worldwide. Newsbooks, the 17th century forerunners of newspapers, were published every few days, whenever the compilers thought they had accumulated sufficient material. The commonest type of structure in modern newspapers may be the 'inverted pyramid', basically an upside down triangle. The role of journalists is often thought to be straightforward: they provide information about recent events, especially juicy shock-horror stories which will capture readers' attention. Newspapers provide a comforting sense of normalcy and also of continuation.

Keywords: British newspapers; journalists; media styles



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