Redefining Journalism in the Era of the Mass Press

Redefining Journalism in the Era of the Mass Press

University of Sheffield, 5 July 2013.

This conference seeks to interrogate two key trajectories arising from the change or stasis in the role perceptions of journalism that occurred between 1880 and 1920 with the rise of the mass press. The way we speak of and interrogate this period continues to exert great influence in terms of how we understand contemporary journalism, and how we conceptualize the role of the journalist in terms of its historical, cultural and economic development.

Specifically, this conference aims to discuss how we now define journalism at the end of the 19th century from our contemporary and comparative perspective.

It seeks to contrast this with how contemporaries defined journalism during this actual period of transition.

Was there an expression of shifting role perception towards journalism and the journalist at the onset of the era of  the mass press?

Abstracts of 500 words are invited for consideration as contributions to this conference, the next event hosted by  the research network, Capturing Change in Journalism: Shifting Role Perceptions at the Turn of the 20th and 21st  Centuries.

Deadline for submission: 31st January 2013

For more information, please contact: Dr John Steel (


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