With newspapers and journalists themselves increasingly making news as well as reporting it, this is a timely history of modern newspaper journalism by a man well-placed to report it. Roy Greenslade has worked for all the main tabloid newspapers and is now media commentator of the Guardian as well as regularly popping up as a media talking head on TV and radio. His experience shows in this detailed, exhaustive account of how newspapers and those who toil for them have evolved. As you would expect from a Fleet Street man of his background, Greenslade leavens the necessarily weightier documentary stuff with a liberal amount of entertaining anecdotes and gossipy reminiscences. But this is far from a Lunchtime O'Booze memoir, offering much insight and comment on the press, its owners, its power and influence, and shortcomings.
Tracing the changing face of British newspapers, Roy Greenslade shows how the way we live has been shaped by what we read. With the insight one would expect from the media commentator for the Guardian, the newspaper world is brought to life, from its dominance as a news force in the 1940s to the salacious world of the gutter press in the 1980s. While analysing such dominant media figures as Rupert Murdoch, Robert Maxwell and Kelvin Mackenzie, Press Gang also examines the trends, the biases and the impact of the Press as we know it today. 'The best history of the British press since [Francis] Williams ... an essential set text for students of journalism and the media' The Times 'Formidably complete and perceptive record of British journalism over the last 60 years' Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Roy Greenslade is the Media Commentator for the Guardian, and has been involved in the highest levels of journalism for almost 40 years. He has worked for all the main tabloid newspapers as well as appearing regularly as a commentator on Television and Radio. He has written two previous books, Goodbye to the Working Class (1976) and Maxwell's Fall (1992). He lives in Brighton.