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Never failed? The local reporting of the Blitzes in Coventry and Liverpool in 1940 and 1941.

Hodgson, GR and Matthews, R (2020) Never failed? The local reporting of the Blitzes in Coventry and Liverpool in 1940 and 1941. Media History, 27 (2). pp. 162-176. ISSN 1368-8804

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The self-narrated position of the provincial press in the Second Word War is that newspapers were steadfast friends to the communities they sought to serve. Their stated role was to maintain publication in the face of adversity, providing simultaneously a vital flow of information and some semblance of normality; this role was never more important than in the wake of major destruction wrought by enemy bombs. However, a qualitative analysis of coverage of the Blitzes in Coventry 1940 and the Liverpool in 1941 suggests that the construction of events in line with the ‘Blitz Sprit’ by local titles was at odds with the experience of people on the ground. As such it leads us to suggest that the result was to undermine long-term confidence in the ability of the press to reflect reality.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 29 May 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13688804.2020.1769473
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing, 2001 Communication and Media Studies, 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2020 11:22
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 17:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13688804.2020.1769473
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12643
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