Newspapers Then and Now

September 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm 3 comments

The earliest newspaper was hand written in Rome in 59 B.C.  The first printed newspaper was Chinese and was carved from wooden blocks in 700 A.D.  In 1690, Benjamin Harris founded Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick as the first newspaper in the American colonies. The Boston News-Letter was the first regularly published newspaper.  Newspapers were popular in the new world because they kept colonists informed on what was happening.

In my opinion, papers were more accurate and factual at their founding; however, I am not sure why I believe this.  I need to spend more time researching.

The internet has changed the newspaper industry.  First, newspapers are considerably smaller than in the past.  In addition, newspaper companies also have fewer subscribers and have lost advertising revenue.  Some newspaper companies used to print two newspapers a day and now they only print one. These changes might be considered good or bad.  If you are in the newspaper business these changes are probably bad, but most other people might think they are good because they can get access to different news websites for free.


  1. World Book Encyclopedia, 2004
  2. Interview with Micki Bowers, newspaper deliveryman for 15 years
  3. World Magazine  –

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. linkasourous  |  September 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

    It’s interesting how the internet has changed the way news is spread around these days. With Facebook and Twitter, someone can get the latest update about the world in the matter of seconds

  • 2. sgopher  |  September 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Do you think that subscribers are dropping, (remembering that one can still subscribe electronically and receive electronic copies) or that people are just no longer buying hard copies?

  • 3. monguinhandel  |  September 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I think most of them are just dropping it because the newspaper company is bending over backwards to get subscribers


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