14. Paper Tigers?

  1. Jane L. Chapman and
  2. Nick Nuttall

Published Online: 15 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch14

Journalism Today: A Themed History

Journalism Today: A Themed History

How to Cite

Chapman, J. L. and Nuttall, N. (2011) Paper Tigers?, in Journalism Today: A Themed History, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 5 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179539

Online ISBN: 9781444395372



  • future history, and paper tigers - media landscape, “state of play” through nexus of historical precedents;
  • four themes, offering opportunities - threats, and paper tigers, that posterity alone will decide;
  • The Great Storm, or the greatest tempest - recorded in the British Isles, as Daniel Defoe's novels, Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders;
  • journalists today, hard-pressed to match - evocative and powerful prose of The Storm;
  • The World is Their Oyster - globalization and concentration of ownership, two sides of the same coin;
  • Telstar and satellite broadcasting - changing the whole dynamics of news gathering and distribution;
  • Rupert Murdoch's STAR TV Network in 1994 - removing BBC World Service Television from its network, after representations from government of China;
  • FactFile on Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation - spread of television reception via satellite;
  • neighborhood watch, Britain's media regulator Ofcom in 2006 - “local” services as any targeted at geographical communities;
  • journalism reached a crossroads - whether personalization, globalization and localization, have aided and abetted new technologies of the satellite


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Résumé: Paul Julius Reuter

  • FactFile: The “Net Benefit to Canada” Test