James W. Upton: activist, editor and the forgotten journalist of 1916

Anthony Keating

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This chapter will explore Upton’s life and career, with a particular focus upon his contribution as editor of the Kilkenny Journal from 1915 to 1922. Upton’s tenure as editor saw the newspaper’s political focus change from support for the programme and policies of John Redmond’s, Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) to that of socialist republicanism. Upton was passionate in the belief that the regional press made an important contribution to Irish democracy, and as an editor always focused on the bigger political picture; ensuring that the Kilkenny Journal, whilst provincial, was never parochial.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Irish regional press, 1892-2012: changing media in a changing country
EditorsJames O'Donnell, Ian Kenneally
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherFour Courts Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-84682-655-9
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2018


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