Boyd-Barrett, O. and Rantanen, T., eds. The Globalization
of News. London: Sage Publications, 1998.
Looks at the flow of news around the world, particularly through the
medium of news agencies.
Brown, Lucy. Victorian News and Newspapers. Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1985.
Illustrates the changing nature of the 19th-century British press,
detailing the impact of a range of new technologies.
Burrows, Simon and Hannah Barker, eds. Press, Politics
and the Public Sphere in Europe and North America, 1760-1820. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Looks at the role of newspapers in the political debates and social
upheavals of late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe and North America.
Herman, Edward S. and Noam Chomsky. Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media. New York: Pantheon, 1988.
An influential set of theories about how newspapers and other mass
media influence public attitudes. While primarily discussing the United States
(looking at issues such as coverage of the Vietnam War), the ideas
presented by Herman and Chomsky have wider relevance.
Koss, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of the Political Press
in Britain, 2 vols. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1981 and 1984.
The classic work on the elite political press in Britain, detailing
the shifting connections that linked newspapers with the major political
Popkin, Jeremy D. Revolutionary News: The Press in France,
1789-1799. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1990.
Synthesizes the enormous outpouring of periodicals during the French
Revolution. The author makes the press central in explaining the politics
that transpired in this period.
Potter, Simon J. News and the British world: The Emergence
of an Imperial Press System, 1876-1922. Oxford: Oxford University
Looks at how the flow of news around the British empire was influenced
by changing communications technology, the commercial interests of
newspaper enterprises, and the attempts of enthusiasts to shape the
press into a tool of imperial communication.
Read, D. The Power of News: The History of Reuters.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999, 2nd edition.
Examines the changing role of one of the most significant news agencies
of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Sotiron, Minko. From Politics to Profit: The Commercialisation
of Canadian Daily Newspapers, 1890-1920. Montreal & Kingston:
Queen’s University Press, 1997.
Examines the interplay of political influence and commercial interest
in the Canadian press, as newspapers became big business during the
late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Stephens, Mitchell. A History of News: from the Drum to
the Satellite. New York: Penguin Books, 1988.
An accessible, popular history examining the development of news and
journalism around the world.
Turnbull, C. M. Dateline Singapore: 150 years of the Straits
Times. Singapore: Singapore Press Holdings, 1995.
A detailed account of the history of an influential English-language
newspaper serving the interests primarily of the settler community
in the ex-British colony of Singapore.