Recent Academic Publications :.

Preston, Paschal ( 2023) ‘ Journalism Studies and Crises: Economic, Environmental and Political – Towards a political Economic Approach. Chapter 5: in Silke, Henry ; Fergal Quinn, Maria Rieder (Eds) (2023) ‘’How to Read Economic News —A Critical Approach to Economic Journalism’’. ROUTLEDGE., 336 pp. 25 B/W Illustrations. [Paperback , £35.99 ;;; Hardback £130.00 , ISBN 9780367722715 ]

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Preston, Paschal (Ed) ( 2021) ‘Decoding the ‘Social Dilemma’ . Guest Editor of special Section with several reviews of Jeff Orlowski’s (2020) film : ‘The Social Dilemma’. (Distributor : Netflix). Reviews published in The Political Economy of Communication journal, Vol 8, No 2. TO ACCESS this , please go to <<

Andrea Grisold & Paschal Preston (Eds.) (Dec. 2020) ‘’Economic Inequality and News Media: Discourse, Power and Redistribution‘. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

Arnold, K. ; Preston, P. & S. Kinnebrock (Eds) (Nov. 2019) “European Communication History Handbook. Wiley Blackwell [ co-edited with K. Arnold and S. Kinnebrock. ].

Preston, Paschal (2019) ”Imagined New Spaces of Political Solidarity in the 1880s-1920s: Beyond the National? ”Chapter 25† in Arnold, Kinnebrock and Preston, (Eds) (2019) :: “European Communication History Handbook . Wiley Blackwell† [ co-Edited with Klaus Arnold and Susanne Kinnebrock. ].

Preston, P. (2017) ”Contrasting Conceptions, Discourses and Studies of Economic Inequalities”. International Jnl. of Communication, Vol 11 (2017) [ co-authored with Henry. Silke ] <

Preston, P. (2017) ”Inequality and Liberal Democracy– A Critical Take on Economic and Political Power Aspects”. Chapter 3 in Trivundûa, I T. ; H. Nieminen; N. Carpentier; J. Trappel (Eds) (2017) ”Critical Perspectives on Media, Power and Change. London: Routledge

Preston, P. and Roderick Flynn (2016) ”Media Ownership and Concentration in Ireland”. Chapter 7 [pp. 143-182. ] in Noam, Eli M. (Ed) and The International Media Concentration Collaboration (2016) ”Who Owns the World’s Media?: Media Concentration and Ownership around the World”.. Oxford University Press . [with R. Flynn]


Andrea Grisold & Paschal Preston (Eds.)Economic Inequality and News Media: Discourse, Power and Redistribution‘. New York: Oxford Univ. Press. (pub. Nov.-Dec. 2020)

“Few issues are as pressing-or as misrepresented in our news media-as economic inequality. Grisold and Preston’s highly original and timely intervention is empirically rich, and (serves) to illuminate the often-neglected intersections of economics and media. ” –Victor Pickard, author of Democracy without Journalism? “

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Paschal Preston is co-editor of (2019) “Handbook of European Communication History ” , published by Wiley Blackwell . Co-edited with Klaus Arnold & Susanne Kinnebrock.

ABOUT: The Handbook of European Communication History. . This is a definitive and authoritative handbook that fills a gap in the literature to provide a coherent and chronological history of mass media, public communication and journalism in Europe from 1900 to the early 21st century. This pioneering work explores the key media innovations and related major changes and developments in the media systems that afforded new forms and modes public communication, as well as wider socio-economic, political and cultural processes. The contributors also examine the general trends of communication history and review debates related to media development across different national settings in Europe. The book is based on contributions from almost 80 researchers and scholars, most of them members of ECREA, the European Communication Research and Education Association,

To ensure a transnational approach to the topic, the majority of chapters are written not by a single author but by international teams formed around one or more lead authors. The Handbook goes beyond national perspectives and provides a basis for more cross-national treatments of historical developments in the field of mediated communication. Written for students and academics of communication and media studies as well as media professionals, The Handbook of European Communication History covers European media from 1900 with the emergence of the popular press to the professionalization of journalists and the first wave of multimedia with the advent of film and radio broadcasting through the rapid growth of the Internet and digital media since the late 20th century. Indeed, this important Handbook:

  • Offers fresh insights on the development of media alongside key differences between countries, regions, or media systems over the past century
  • Takes a fresh, cross-national approach to European media history
  • Contains contributions from leading international scholars in this rapidly evolving area of study
  • Explores the major innovations, key developments, differing trends, and the important debates concerning the media in the European setting
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Paschal Preston (2009)  ‘Making the News: Journalism and News Cultures in Europe’ . London and New York:   Routledge  

185. pages;

ISBN: 978-0-415-46189-4 (Paperback) £19.99;

ISBN: 978-0-415-46188-7 (Hardback) £70.00 ]

About This Book :

Making the News provides a distinctive multi-level and cross-national perspective on the key features of journalism and news-making cultures in the changing media landscape of contemporary Europe. 

  • Focusing on the key trends, practices and issues in contemporary journalism and news cultures, Making the News maps the major contours of change as well as the broader industrial, organizational, institutional and cultural factors shaping journalism practices over the past two decades. 
  • Making the News seeks to revisit and renew a multi-dimensional approach to understanding current journalism trends and the major influences on news making practices. The book is framed around a multi-layered approach in order to address the individual, meso-level and macro-level factors deemed essential to a rounded understanding of what or who influences the news. To this end, core chapters are focused on five major, if often overlapping, categories of influences. These five levels of analysis comprise:- individual, institutional, organizational, political economic and cultural.
  • Making the News moves beyond the tendency to focus on journalism trends and newsmaking practices within a single country. It draws on unique, cross-national research to examine current journalism practices and related newsmaking cultures in 11 West, Central and East European countries. The background studies include in-depth interviews with almost 100 senior journalists and subsequent workshop discussions with other interest groups. 
  • The book addresses the growing role of online journalism, the internet and other digital media developments within a coherent framework. Whilst interrogating naive techno-centric perspectives, the book explores the interplay of professional, technical, organizational and other factors in shaping innovation and change in newsmaking practices across ‘new’ and ‘old’ news media sectors.
  • Making the News also investigates the extent and forms of any emerging common news culture or shared ‘public sphere’ in contemporary Europe. In the context of the EU integration project (‘intensified globalisation’ at a world-region level) and the widespread adoption of digital technologies, it addresses the persistence of banal nationalism in journalism and news cultures.
  • In sum, Making the News links reviews and discussions of the existing literature to original research engaging with the views and experiences of journalists working at the ‘coal face’ of contemporary newsmaking, to provide an original study and useful text for students and professionals. Framed around a multi-level approach to the factors shaping news cultures and journalism practices in the early 21st century, Making the News bridges the frequently-encountered divide between journalism studies on the one hand, and media or political communication studies, on the other.

Paschal Preston (2001) Reshaping Communications: Technology, Information and Social Change.

London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi: SAGE Publications

320 pages.;

ISBN 0-8039-8563-0 (paperback) £18.99;

ISBN 0-8039-8562-2 (hardback) £50]

About This Book :

Brief Description (from Book Cover) :

If one writer in the early 1970s could note that ‘to admire technology is all out of fashion’ the situation has changed radically since then. Today, the new information and communication technologies are admired, indeed feted, and their effects highly vaunted. They are restructuring our economy, we are told, as well as radically changing the social and cultural fabric of our industrial world.

Drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives and original empirical research, Paschal Preston critically interrogates many of the prevailing ideas concerning new communication technologies, the new economy and an emerging “information society”. He advances an alternative and more grounded account of the complex interplay between the new technology and contemporary changes in the social and communications environment.

Comments from Reviews & Readers : –

‘This is a stimulating, well argued book on an important contemporary subject and based, as is rare in this field, on up-to date empirical data.’  — Nicholas Garnham, University of Westminster. 

‘Paschal Preston … has produced a noteworthy book which will have considerable influence on those concerned with information and communication matters. It is extraordinarily wide ranging, encompassing just about every matter of significance in this sprawling field, while presenting a forceful, even polemical, thesis. It has the enormous virtue of being empirically grounded, yet simultaneously capable of soaring with the best of the theorists (in a vastly over-theorized arena). … … A great strength of this book is its capacity to offer a coherent and integrated vision of our “information age”. It is a major achievement to juxtapose the post-industrial analysis and the post-modern, to identify similar presuppositions, yet manage to integrate their concerns with his own neo-Schumperetian approach. … This is a rich book that will necessarily engage the mind of thinkers on social change. … ’  — Frank Webster, review in ‘Information, Communication & Society’ journal (2001) 4:4 634-41.

Paschal Preston and Farrel Corcoran (Eds.) (1995)
Democracy and Communication in the New Europe: Change and Continuity in East and West

Cresskill, New Jersey, USA : Hampton Press.

[ISBN 1-881303-89-6]

 (1988) The Carrier Wave : New Information Technology and the Geography of Innovation

By Peter Hall and Paschal Preston (1988) 

London: Unwin Hyman.  

[ISBN 0-04-445081-8]

ABOUT: ‘The Carrier Wave : New Information Technology and the Geography of Innovation

By Peter Hall and Paschal Preston (1988)

This book summarises the results of a pioneering study of the international geography and history of industrial innovation in what we now know as the ‘ICT’ sector. This was the first study to map the history and genealogy of innovation in these industries and their immediate precursors. The study traces relevant industrial, organisational and technological developments between the 1880s and the 1980s.

[ISBN 0-04-445081-8]

McKeogh, Carol. & Paschal Preston (Eds.) (2004) ‘Strategies for Inclusion and Gender in the Information Society, Volume 2 : Private and Voluntary Sector Initiatives’ (2004). Trondheim, Norway: NTNU Press. 

This volume comprises case studies of gender inclusion initiatives in the application of new ICTs in the cultural, media and other private and voluntary sector settings. The studies draw from the EU-funded SIGIS project, which comprised the largest ever multi-country study of gender aspects of new ICTs.