Political Journalism

Peter Riddell

in The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199230952
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Political Journalism

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This article deals with the transition over a century from when the printed press enjoyed a monopoly, via the slow growth to the dominance of radio, and then television, to a world of almost infinite diversity with not only multiple television channels, but also the Internet, blogging, and text messages. For most of the period, really until the last decade of the twentieth century, political journalism was dominated by a relatively few newspaper and broadcasting outlets which concentrated mainly on Westminster. Television and radio have become much more important as a source of political news and in shaping public views than the written press since the 1960s. The rise of television changed the way in which political journalism worked. The Internet can, and should, supplement conventional newspaper and broadcast journalism.

Keywords: political journalism; radio; television; Internet; blogging; text messages; newspaper; broadcasting

Article.  7723 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; UK Politics ; Political Behaviour

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