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By Judith Rowbotham

Drawing jointly examples from broadsheet and tabloid newspapers this account of English crime reportage takes readers from the past due eighteenth century to the current day. within the post-Leveson international, it's a well timed and fascinating contextualisation of the historical past of revealed crime information and investigative journalism.

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1860–1885 Introduction During the 1860s, the expectation that legally crafted reportage from the courts could work to improve the authority of newspapers and the public standing of the criminal justice process was firmly entrenched. Plainly, it was held to have proved its worth in the eyes of politicians and the legal profession as well as newspaper editors and proprietors, as witnessed by the increasing use of legally trained and active figures as key journalists, writing opinion pieces, including leaders.

41. 62 See, for example, Anon (1872) ‘Trial by Judge, and Trial by Jury’, Westminster Review, April, 289–324. T. 64 The reaction of the press is particularly interesting. The newspapers concerned were not prepared to accept the dictum, and the reporters on all circuits supported the press position when, ‘by way of retaliation’ as Austin put it, the instruction was given to those reporting the two offending circuits that they should ‘suppress the names of all the barristers who appeared in cases reported in that paper’.

Given that crime was one of the staple attractions of newspaper and broadsheet formats, editors swiftly looked to improve the quality, at least factually, a development aided by the reality that, by the 1840s, the possible profits and clear potential for shaping opinion had encouraged a number of legal professionals to become proprietors or editors of provincial titles. 40 Such experience was clearly advantageous, helping him secure the editorship of The Examiner in 1846 and an approach to take over Dickens’ chair at the Daily News.

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