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"Excellent but Gullible People": The press and the People's Convention

Luckhurst, Tim (2013) "Excellent but Gullible People": The press and the People's Convention. Journalism Studies, 14 (1). pp. 62-77. ISSN 1469-9699. (doi:10.1080/1461670X.2012.680810) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:34500)

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The convocation of the People's Convention in January 1941 by the Communist Party of Great Britain presented Britain's newspapers with an opportunity to demonstrate their integrity according to liberal ideals. Accurate reporting of the Convention could inform the public sphere about issues of concern during a period of intense hardship, but it risked promoting revolutionary defeatism. The findings of a content analysis of a structured sample of newspapers suggests journalism offered news and comment sufficient to assist the formation of a genuine public opinion. Newspapers demonstrated their freedom from policy censorship. Editors who believed the Convention's programme addressed issues of particular importance to their readers spoke truth to power.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1461670X.2012.680810
Uncontrolled keywords: Communist Party of Great Britain; newspapers; People's Convention;reporting; revolutionary defeatism
Subjects: A General Works
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Tim Luckhurst
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 12:58 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:11 UTC
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Luckhurst, Tim.

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