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Genres of Journalism History

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Journalism history took its initial shape from the memoirs of newspaper conductors who also subsidized its initial archives, which consisted primarily of the collected files of newspapers. It then helped form the core of professional education in journalism. This original journalism history tended to assume a hegemonic notion of journalism and to promote a Whiggish grand narrative of journalism. Recent generations of journalism historians have been trying to break out of familiar patterns. New developments, including digital archives and systemic changes in both media industries and journalism education, promise to change the architecture that has produced the dominant styles of journalism history and to encourage instead a more interesting and useful history of the news environment.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Institute of Communications Research, College of Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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