The Invention of Journalism

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Public Lecture by Professor Andrew Pettegree

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 (1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)


Long before journalism had a name, Europe had a fully operative commercial news market, and newsmen had their own strongly felt code of ethics. In this paper Andrew Pettegree charts the emergence of journalism as a professional craft, from the earliest regular news serials, the birth of the newspapers, and the growth of party politics, through to the mass media of the modern age. He asks what lessons history has to offer to a craft under pressure from bewilderingly rapid changes of media platforms and the proliferation of new media outlets.

Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over a dozen books on aspects of European History, The Reformation and, most recently, the History of Communication. His study of the early news world, The Invention of News, won Harvard University’s prestigious Goldsmith Prize, awarded annually by the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. Andrew Pettegree's most recent book Brand Luther: 1517, Printing and the making of the Reformation was published by Penguin USA in 2015.

This lecture is supported by the Library of the Royal Irish Academy, Marsh’s Library and the Irish Research Council-funded ‘Mapping readers and readership in Dublin: 1826-1926: a new cultural geography’ (UCD Schools of History and Computer Science: )