Wiley-Blackwell (April 2009)
When News Was New is a fascinating investigation of how news has been re-invented throughout history, from medieval storytellers to 21st century bloggers and podcasters.
In this compelling book, Professor Rantanen offers a new way of understanding news in our history and culture, arguing that the newness of news has been regularly reconstructed, and that the era of 'pure' news his over: news is mostly old stories made new. Rather than asking whether news is 'objective', the book explores the temporality and spatiality of news, in order to show how it changes not only itself but the space around it.
Written in a clear and succinct style, this book reaches out from the field of journalism studies to survey the wider social implications of news.
Professor Terhi Rantanen is professor of global media and communications at LSE.
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'This is a work of exemplary scholarship that cannot be missed by students of communication, and will become indispensable reading for journalists and media executives struggling to grasp the new digital world.'
Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
'Terhi Rantanen's thoughtful, eloquent and seminal study of the shifting historical understandings of news, unravels and challenges existing scholarly orthodoxy. When News Was New is a significant book which makes compelling and essential reading for everyone interested in journalism studies.'
Bob Franklin, Cardiff University
When News Was New will be launched on Tuesday 23 June at 5pm at the Waterstone's Economists Bookshop, LSE. Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at LSE, will introduce the book.