Letters to the Editor

Comparative and Historical Perspectives

  • Allison Cavanagh
  • John Steel

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About this book


This book provides an account of current work on letters to the editor from a range of different national, cultural, conceptual and methodological perspectives. Letters to the editor provide a window on the reflexive relationship between editorial and readership identities in historical and international contexts. They are a forum through which the personal and the political intersect, a space wherein the implications of contemporaneous events are worked out by citizens and public figures alike, and in which the meaning and significance of unfolding media narratives and events are interpreted and contested. They can also be used to understand the multiple and overlapping ways that particular issues recur over sometimes widely distinct periods. This collection brings together scholars who have helped open up letters to the editor as a resource for scholarship and whose work in this book continues to provide new insights into the relationship between journalism and its publics.


editor letters engagement new media technology public identity editorial readership

Editors and affiliations

  • Allison Cavanagh
    • 1
  • John Steel
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Communication StudiesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Journalism StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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