The privatising of pain: Lincoln newspapers, “mediated publicness” and the end of public execution.

Tulloch, John (2006) The privatising of pain: Lincoln newspapers, “mediated publicness” and the end of public execution. Journalism studies, 7 (3). pp. 437-451. ISSN 1469-9699

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616700600680922

Abstract

Press coverage of crime and punishment was central to the development of mid-Victorian journalism and extensive coverage of murder trials and public executions was a staple of middle-class newspapers. This article explores the tensions between traditional frameworks for reporting “rituals of retribution”, class-based codes of civility and squeamishness, and the emergence of early modern styles of fact-based and empathic newspaper reporting in the handling by Lincolnshire newspapers of the first private execution in the county, in 1868, when journalists were enlisted as “witnesses” on behalf of the “public”

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Press coverage of crime and punishment was central to the development of mid-Victorian journalism and extensive coverage of murder trials and public executions was a staple of middle-class newspapers. This article explores the tensions between traditional frameworks for reporting “rituals of retribution”, class-based codes of civility and squeamishness, and the emergence of early modern styles of fact-based and empathic newspaper reporting in the handling by Lincolnshire newspapers of the first private execution in the county, in 1868, when journalists were enlisted as “witnesses” on behalf of the “public”
Keywords:Crime, Journalists, Provincial press, Middle classes, Public execution
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V321 Local History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Journalism
ID Code:652
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:22 Jun 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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