• Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


Using nineteenth-century accounts of special correspondence, memoirs of journalists, surveys of the ‘fourth estate’ and data on individual specials, together with the work of contemporary media historians and theorists, the introduction provides an overview of the role of the special correspondent and his writing in the context of developments in the Victorian periodical and newspaper press. It considers problems of definition, the nature of special correspondence as a recognisable genre and sources for the specials’ distinctive style. Seeking to account for both its popular appeal as well as the controversy it generated, the chapter argues that special correspondence and the journalists who wrote it are best understood as together constituting a new media technology that emerged in Britain in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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