Making National News: A History of Canadian Press
Published: September 2013© 2013
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 472 Pages
Illustrations: 11 figures, 1 map
Dimensions: 6.10 x 9.06
472 Pages, 6.10 x 9.06 x 1.20 in, 11 figures, 1 map
For almost a century, Canadian newspapers, radio and television stations, and now internet news sites have depended on the Canadian Press news agency for most of their Canadian (and, through its international alliances) foreign news. This book provides the first-ever scholarly history of CP, as well as the most wide-ranging historical treatment of twentieth-century Canadian journalism published to date.
Using extensive archival research, including complete and unfettered access to CP’s archives, Gene Allen traces how CP was established and evolved in the face of frequent conflicts among the powerful newspaper publishers – John Ross Robertson, Joseph Atkinson, and Roy Thomson, among others – who collectively owned it, and how the journalists who ran it understood and carried out their work. Other major themes include CP’s shifting relationships with the Associated Press and Reuters; its responses to new media; its aggressive shaping of its own national role during the Second World War; and its efforts to meet the demands of French-language publishers.
Making National News makes a substantial and original contribution to our understanding of journalism as a phenomenon that shaped Canada both culturally and politically in the twentieth century.
‘Author Gene Allen has produced the first comprehensive history of Canadian Press from its creation in 1917 to the 1970s… More importantly, Allen concludes, its [CP’s] coverage fostered a sense of nationhood in its countrywide news audience, “systematically and permanently drawing Canadians more closely together in an increasingly integrated national and cultural space.”’ Dean Jobb, Canada's History Magazine, June-July 2014
“This is among the very best works of any that have been written about news agencies in general or national news agencies in particular. With clarity of vision and fine judgment, Gene Allen develops the narrative and its many complex threads in ways that suit general, professional, and scholarly audiences. The book is also an important contribution to Canadian history and to a lively and ongoing theoretical debate of great significance – namely, the relationship between news media and processes of national formation and globalization.”
Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Bowling Green State University
- Short-listed - Canada Prize in the Humanities awarded by Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences