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The Invention of Journalism

2017-01-29

Long before journalism had a name, Europe had a fully operative commercial news market, and newsmen had their own strongly felt code of ethics. In this paper Andrew Pettegree charts the emergence of journalism as a professional craft, from the earliest regular news serials, the birth of the newspapers, and the growth of party politics, through to the mass media of the modern age. He asks what lessons history has to offer to a craft under pressure from bewilderingly rapid changes of media platforms and the proliferation of new media outlets.

This lecture is supported by the Library of the Royal Irish Academy, Marsh’s Library and the Irish Research Council-funded ‘Mapping readers and readership in Dublin: 1826-1926: a new cultural geography’ (UCD Schools of History and Computer Science: marshreaders.ucd.ie/people/ )

Professor Pettegree charts the emergence of journalism as a professional craft, from the earliest regular news serials, the birth of the newspapers, and the growth of party politics, through to the mass media of the modern age.

Andrew Pettegree is a British historian and one of the leading experts on Europe during the Reformation. He currently holds a professorship at St Andrews University where he is the director of the Universal Short Title Catalogue Project.

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