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Benjamin Collins and the Provincial Newspaper Trade in the Eighteenth Century$
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C. Y. Ferdinand

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206521.001.0001

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Editors and Text

Editors and Text

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Benjamin Collins and the Provincial Newspaper Trade in the Eighteenth Century

C. Y. Ferdinand

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the contents of the newspaper: the news itself, essays, and verse. It suggests that a newspaper's editorial framework provides a context for an investigation of its contents. It observes that in general eighteenth-century newspapers do not readily lend themselves to detailed content analysis: their ‘conspicuous variety’ is one problem; it is not always easy or even possible to separate the borrowed news items from those originally submitted by reporters or written in-house; the division between news and advertising is often obscured by the practice of puffing; and it is sometimes difficult to discern whether or not a news story was a paid-for, and possibly biased, contribution.

Keywords:   newspaper, news, essays, verse, editorial framework, investigation, content analysis, reporters, puffing

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