Production and Policy: The Shape of a Provincial Newspaper
This chapter examines the physical body of the provincial newspaper and why it is shaped that way, from the limitations of paper size and hand-press production, to Government regulations that influenced the number of pages, the different networks that carried material to the editor for refashioning, and the decisions the editor made in setting up the weekly news and advertisements. It notes that at the same time the dual prescriptive-descriptive role is made clearer. It illustrates that it is possible to see the country paper both responding to and helping to shape the social, political, and economic changes within its evolving catchment area. It also notes that the country proprietors strove to present their digests of news as a useful and economical alternative — all the important news from London for the modest price of a local paper. It notes that the practice is seldom defined as plagiarism.
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