Special Correspondence and the Newspaper Press in Victorian Print Culture, 1850–1886

  • Catherine Waters

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-27
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    Pages 161-187
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 223-236

About this book


This book analyses the significance of the special correspondent as a new journalistic role in Victorian print culture, within the context of developments in the periodical press, throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. Examining the graphic reportage produced by the first generation of these pioneering journalists, through a series of thematic case studies, it considers individual correspondents and their stories, and the ways in which they contributed to, and were shaped by, the broader media landscape. While commonly associated with the reportage of war, special correspondents were in fact tasked with routinely chronicling all manner of topical events at home and abroad. What distinguished the work of these journalists was their effort to ‘picture’ the news, to transport readers imaginatively to the events described. While criticised by some for its sensationalism, special correspondence brought the world closer, shrinking space and time, and helping to create our modern news culture.


periodical press newspapers William Howard Russell reporters news culture George Augustus Sala war correspondent William Makepeace Thackeray John Augustus O'Shea

Authors and affiliations

  • Catherine Waters
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03860-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03861-8
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