Free Market, Free Press?

Saturday, November 17, 2012  8:30am - 5:00pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration required

First come, first seated

Photo ID required for entry


The Poliak Fund at the Graduate School of Journalism

The Heyman Center for the Humanities

The University Seminar on Theory and History of the Media

The Committee on Global Thought

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities


Richard R. John, Columbia University

Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, University of Oxford

“Free Market, Free Press? The Political Economy of News Reporting in the Anglo-American World since 1688” brings together a distinguished group of historians and media scholars to chart the evolution of the news business in two of the most important media markets: the United Kingdom and the United States. Coverage of the current economic crisis in the news business raises many questions about its history. How was news reporting funded in the past? To what extent was its funding contingent on institutional arrangements that no longer exist?  To what extent has its funding been sustained by institutional arrangements other than market demand?  These questions inform the nine papers that will be presented and discussed during our 17 November conference.


  • Joseph M. Adelman

    Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department

    Framingham State University

  • James L. Baughman

    Fetzer-Bascom Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    University of Wisconsin- Madison

  • James R. Brennan

    Assistant Professor

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Martin Conboy

    Professor of Journalism History

    University of Sheffield

  • Victoria Gardner

    Lecturer in Modern British History

    Manchester University

  • Richard R. John

    Professor, School of Journalism

    Columbia University

  • Brooke Kroeger


    Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

  • David Paul Nord

    Professor, School of Journalism
    and Adjunct Professor, Department of History

    Indiana University

  • Jeffrey L. Pasley

    Associate Professor

    University of Missouri

  • Robert G. Picard


    Oxford University

  • Michael Schudson

    Professor, School of Journalism

    Columbia University

  • Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb

    Senior Lecturer in History

    Keble College, Oxford

  • Will Slauter

    maître de conférences

    Université Paris Diderot

  • Michael Stamm

    Assistant Professor

    Michigan State University

  • Andie Tucher

    Professor of Journalism and Director of the Communications Ph.D. Program

    Columbia University

  • Heidi J. S. Tworek

    Lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, History Department

    Harvard University


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