The special issue of the latest Media History (Volume 20, Number 1, 2014), devoted to digital newspaper archive research, grew out of a conference held at the University of Sheffield in 2011 of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities
Research Council) Research Network, Exploring the language of the popular in American and British newspapers 1833–1988.
As John Steel explains in the issue’s Introduction, “The papers in this volume…signal developments and opportunities in the production, use and development of digital archives themselves. The papers either explicitly address the range of challenges and opportunities of using digital newspaper archives while at the same time presenting research made possible by the archives. Other papers are less evaluative or prescriptive and demonstrate the scope and depth of analysis that such archives allow for media historians.”
Articles include: Elemental Forms: The newspaper as popular genre in the nineteenth century, by James Mussell