title={“AN ORGAN OF UPLIFT?”},
  author={Adrian Bingham},
  journal={Journalism Studies},
  pages={651 - 662}
  • A. Bingham
  • Published 17 September 2013
  • Political Science, History, Sociology
  • Journalism Studies
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