It has been an amazing journey to see how journalism has evolved over the years or more appropriately, over the centuries. From crude scrolls and papyrus to typewritten newsletters to broadsheets and tabloids produced in printing presses… And now to a whole new level – electronic. How’s that?
Let us take some time to look back and see how it all began…
I found this article, “A Brief History of Newspapers” while browsing the net and I’d like to share a part of it with you. (Source: http://www.historicpages.com/nprhist.htm)
“The Origins of Newspapers
The history of newspapers is an often-dramatic chapter of the human experience going back some five centuries. In Renaissance Europe handwritten newsletters circulated privately among merchants, passing along information about everything from wars and economic conditions to social customs and “human interest” features. The first printed forerunners of the newspaper appeared in Germany in the late 1400’s in the form of news pamphlets or broadsides, often highly sensationalized in content. Some of the most famous
of these report the atrocities against Germans in Transylvania perpetrated by a sadistic veovod named Vlad Tsepes Drakul, who became the Count Dracula of later folklore.
In the English-speaking world, the earliest predecessors of the newspaper were corantos, small news pamphlets produced only when some event worthy of notice occurred.
The first successively published title was The Weekly Newes of 1622. It was followed in the 1640’s and 1650’s by a plethora of different titles in the similar newsbook format. The first true newspaper in English was the London Gazette of 1666. For a generation it was the only officially sanctioned newspaper, though many periodical titles were in print by the century’s end.”
So you see, the modern writers and publishers have come a long way from the news pamphlets or broadsides of the 13th century and the handwritten newsletters of the 16th century.
As the adviser of the SLS Eye, I am quite happy to know that through the electronic form the humble works of our student writers out here in our small corner of the earth can be read by people from all walks of life all over the world at any time of the day.
And as a writer, I am quite privileged to have an avenue where I can publish my humble writings. It is such an honor to see another blogger has read an article that I have written and, in a way, has listened to my heart.
Shakespeare would drool over the wonderful opportunities the modern-day poets and writers have at their fingertips.