History of News


It seems there has always been a great appetite for news if not always a method to communicate it effectively. Documents show that ancient civilizations including the Zulus and be Mongolians frequently questioned visitors to that localities in order to try and take information about world events from them. During the Greek and Islamic empires, news was an ounce in significant public spaces such as public baths and mosques.

However, it is thought that the ‘earliest newspaper was in circulation much earlier than this in China. There is evidence to show that from As early as the eighth century BC influential Chinese dynasties were submitting biannual reports which were a mix of history and current events.

In Europe, it is believed that the first newspaper was circulated in the Italian city of Venice in 1556. The government published handwritten letters to inform the public about local political issues and economic news. It was the explosion of the printing press in the 19th century which Gave rise to the mass media publications which we are familiar with today. Throughout this. Printing became much cheaper and therefore much more accessible to a greater number of people.

The invention of the newswire was the next great step in the proliferation of the news industry. Before this, reports had to be sent via post which would take days or even weeks. In 1865 the news of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln took 12 days to get from America to England. The following year an electric telegraph line was established between North America and Ireland, significantly reducing the time it took for such news to be delivered around the world. Between 1902 and 1903, the UK and the US completed their plan for global connectivity.