History of Newspapers

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The History of Newspapers Today, people can use newspapers to find out many things. One can use the newspaper to check sports scores, get the day's news, read "feel good" stories, or even find out their horoscope. It was not always that way. From the "Acta Diurna," reported in the ancient Roman empire, to the New York
Times, newspapers have come a long way. In this report, the distance that newspapers have traveled since their inception is going to be outlined. Before literacy was commonplace in societies, town criers would announce the news of the land to the land's people. These criers used oratory skills to spread the news on crossroads and the marketplace. Messengers would be commissioned to report to the
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This publication was regularly distributed throughout Venice. There was information about wars and politics in Italy and also the rest of Europe. They were printed weekly. This set the stage for other newspapers to follow the format outlined in those papers. They employed the style of using a dateline. This is only speculation, but this packet says early newspapers in Venice used the city where the news came from and then it put the date next to it. Perhaps that is where our dateline comes from. Early in the 17th century, regularly printed newspapers became more of the rule as opposed to the exception. Weekly newspapers began circulation in Frankfort and Vienna (1615),
Hamburg (1616), Berlin (1617), and Amsterdam (1618). England was not far behind as corantos were being printed. Corantos were single sheet tracts dealing with current foreign affairs. In 1655, the "Gazette" was printed in Oxford England. The "Gazette" was the first regularly released English newspaper. It was released weekly. As newspapers were making great strides in England, big steps were also being taken by them in the way of colonizing. When the English colonies develop, so did newspapers. In the year 1690, Benjamin Harris tried to print the first newspaper in colonial America. Authorities banned his newspaper ("Publick Occurrences Both
Forreign and Domestick") saying that he was printing without a

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