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    City streets and the city edition: newsboys and newspapers in early twentieth-century Ireland

    Rains, Stephanie (2016) City streets and the city edition: newsboys and newspapers in early twentieth-century Ireland. Irish Studies Review, 24 (2). pp. 142-158. ISSN 0967-0882

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    This article examines the newsboy as both an important figure of early twentieth-century Irish streets and also a vital final link in the chain of media production and distribution at the time. Despite the advent of industrial communications and manufacturing processes in print culture well before the end of the nineteenth century, newspapers in particular were ultimately dependent upon boys as young as eleven years old to sell copies, especially in urban areas. Newsboys were very visible and audible figures on Irish city streets, and presumably because of this were themselves the subject of frequent newspaper stories. This article explores the way in which newsboys were both part of the newspaper industry while simultaneously being represented in the press as exemplars of the urban working classes for middleclass readers.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Newboys; newsagents; Irish newspapers; philanthropy; street trading;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 12986
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    Depositing User: Stephanie Rains
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 09:56
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Studies Review
    Publisher: British Association for Irish Studies
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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