This book is a revision of a versatile and unique text that is suited for introductory courses on the history of journalism and media and society, which are fundamental courses in undergraduate and graduate journalism/mass communication departments. The author's approach in this text is distinctive as he traces the history of the news from preliterate cultures to the current information explosion. Most importantly, he examines news in all of its manifestations - spoken, written, visual - from an international perspective. In this edition, Stephens broadens the scope of international coverage. expands the section on television news, and adds an entire chapter on the Internet and The Digital Revolution.