5. Changing Roles in a Changing World

  1. Jane L. Chapman and
  2. Nick Nuttall

Published Online: 15 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch5

Journalism Today: A Themed History

Journalism Today: A Themed History

How to Cite

Chapman, J. L. and Nuttall, N. (2011) Changing Roles in a Changing World, in Journalism Today: A Themed History, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395372.ch5

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179539

Online ISBN: 9781444395372



  • technology, work and business - journalism more than just a job;
  • changing roles in a changing world;
  • modern media environment, being impossible for journalists - not to be aware of impact of technology on their ways of working;
  • the journalist's clay, having always been news - fairly constant;
  • demands of a new commercial “tone” infiltrating not just news agendas - and very DNA of the press itself;
  • advertising, a two-edged sword - wealth creator for owners of the press, as a content controller on editors and reporters;
  • changing patterns - funding and ownership - British journalist William Maxwell, on differences between old and new journalism;
  • shift in emphasis, by Maxwell - strategic considerations, content-led to a marketing-led approach;
  • self-aware journalist, for influential liberal thinker John Stuart Mill - commercial press and professional journalist, a loss rather than a gain;
  • technology, a space–time continuum - from periphery of a journalist's consciousness to center stage


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • FactFile: The Cold Type Revolution

  • Résumé: Lord Beaverbrook

  • Résumé: Charles Dana

  • Résumé: William Cobbett

  • Résumé: John Stuart Mill