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Tabloid Century reviewed in the Guardian

Tabloid CenturyTabloid Century, the latest book by centre co-directors Adrian Bingham and Martin Conboy, has been reviewed by  Guardian media columnist and professor of journalism Roy Greenslade. Often maligned for coverage of gossip, scandal, sex and crime, Greenslade praises Tabloid Century for addressing Britain's tabloids without such prejudice.

"The main virtue of Adrian Bingham and Martin Conboy’s book, Tabloid Century: the popular press in Britain, 1896 to the present, lies in its refusal to be overly judgemental," he writes.

Noting the significant role tabloids have play in Britain's history – the only country to have "created a nationwide tabloid culture" – Greenslade also praises the way Bingham and Conboy "dispassionately record the way in which popular newspapers recorded what happened in Britain and, in so doing, also helped to shape events."

More on Tabloid Century can be found below in Recent Publications.

The Centre for the Study of Journalism has had a busy academic year, including our conference, "Communities of Communication: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland from 1900 to the Present", which took place in September 2014. A second conference – 'Communities of Communication II: Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland from 1800 to 1900' – will be held in Edinburgh in September 2015. Both conferences are aimed at scoping a three volume series, The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, edited by Centre Director Prof. Martin Conboy and Prof. David Finkelstein (Edinburgh). More information can be found on the News and Events page.

Also in 2014, Centre member Dr. Marcus Nevitt hosted the conference: Seventeenth-Century Journalism in the Digital Age, which took place in November and capped a two-year AHRC-funded project, 'Participating in Search Design'. This conference looked at the challenges and opportunities for historians using digital archives and resources to study journalism in its early forms.

Recent publications

The Routledge Companion to British Media History coverIn 2015, two books were published showcasing the research of Centre members. The first of these is The Routledge Companion to British Media History, edited by Martin Conboy and John Steel and also featuring contributions by centre members Adrian Bingham, Scott Eldridge II and Marcus Nevitt, published by Routledge. James Curran praised this book, saying: "This will be the first port of call for students and lecturers around the world wanting to understand British media history. It covers a wide spectrum, summarises existing research, and breaks new ground. It is a landmark book."   

 Tabloid Century  Also  in 2015, Adrian Bingham and Martin Conboy published Tabloid Century: The Popular Press in Britain, 1896 to the present, with Peter Lang. This book offers "a concise and accessible historical overview of the rise of the tabloid format and examines how the national press reported the major stories of the period, from World Wars and general elections to sex scandals and celebrity gossip." 

See our News & Events page for more details, including conference schedule.

About the Centre

The Centre was formed in Autumn 2009 to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research on journalism and history. We aim to use seminars, research projects and publishing ventures to set up dialogues about using journalism both as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about the public sphere, language and discourse. We are particularly interested in developing robust methodologies for exploiting digital archives of journalism content.


  • To be at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into the journalism of the past and to provide a focal point for scholarly debates in this field.
  • To set up dialogues about using journalism both as a source for understanding the past, and for clarifying ideas about the public sphere, language and discourse.
  • To provide a focus for methodological conversations about the exploitation of digital resources.
Marsh's Library

Spotlight on: Marsh's Library

Marsh's Library is one of the Centre's linked institutions, more of which are listed in the sidebar above.

Marsh’s Library is a beautifully-preserved library of the Enlightenment located right in the heart of Dublin. It houses important collections of European books and manuscripts from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. There are around 30,000 printed volumes, and 300 manuscripts.

When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. The interior of the library has remained largely unchanged over the past 300 years, and visitors come from all over the world to admire the architecture and soak up the atmosphere.

Marsh's is an active research library which teaches undergradaute and graduate courses in book history and print culture, and welcomes visiting scholars from across the globe. The catalogue of holdings is available at: marshlibrary.ie


For information, or to join our mailing list, contact the Directors of the Centre, Prof Martin Conboy (M.Conboy@sheffield.ac.uk) or Dr Adrian Bingham (Adrian.Bingham@sheffield.ac.uk). Enquiries about supervision for postgraduate research on journalism and history are welcomed.