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Reminder: News of the World Essay Collection (5/31/2012)

News of the World: ‘Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor’ 1843-2011
Editors: Laurel Brake, Chandrika Kaul, Mark W. Turner
Publisher: ‘Studies in the History of the Media’, Palgrave Macmillan
Founded in 1843, the News of the World was one of the UK’s longest-running and most popular Sunday newspapers when it came to its inauspicious end in the summer of 2011. As the UK’s Leveson Inquiry, due to report in 2013, continues to unravel details about the recent ‘hacking’ scandal, the News of the World will continue to make the news for some time to come.
We are organizing a volume of essays and seek articles of 7000 words on any aspect of the newspaper’s history, from the 19th century through the present, which help to deepen our understanding of this title and of media history more generally.
Key themes and topics might include:
  • The Genre of Sunday papers, in/since the 19th century
  • Newspaper Form:  layout, multiple editions, departments, etc.
  • Illustration and Photography: the New Journalism, Photojournalism, etc.
  • Readerships and Circulations: ‘metropolitan’ and ‘country’; provincial editions/readers; international contexts
  • Empire: decolonisation; popular cultures
  • Comparative Readings: America, Empire, etc.
  • Investigative journalism: 19th, 20th, 21st centuries
  • Politics and the Popular Press: 19th, 20th, 21st centuries
  • The Economics of the Popular Press
  • Crime and Court Reporting
  • War and the Popular Press: e.g. Crimea, Boer, WWI, WW2, Falklands
  • Celebrity
  • Sports News, since the 19th century
  • Sex and the Popular Press
  • Proprietors and Media Moguls
  • Practices of Newsgathering since the 19th century
  • Press Freedom  and Press Controls
  • The Closing of the NOTW: the rise of the Sunday Sun

Please send proposals of up to 250 words, for articles of between 6000-7000 words, to all the editors by 31st May 2012:
Laurel Brake:  l.brake@bbk.ac.uk
Chandrika Kaul: ck24@st-andrews.ac.uk
Mark Turner:  mark.2.turner@kcl.ac.uk
We aim to inform authors that they have been selected for the volume by the middle of June 2012. Completed articles will be due to the editors by the end of December 2012, and we expect publication in 2013.
Please see the Palgrave Macmillan website for style guidelines.

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