The power of the press

newspaper stories

Journalism, a form of investigation of different stories, helps us to be rooted in our community and the world.

Let’s go back to ancient Europe to learn about the history of journalism.

In 1556, Venice published the first monthly Notizie scritte (Written notices) with the ultimate meaning of the name being newspaper. These handwritten newsletters rapidly spread throughout most parts of Europe, especially in Italy.

By 1400, some businessmen started to put together important news events, which led to the idea of using a printing press for this material in Germany around 1600.

After 1600, the government in France and England began to officially print out newsletters to the public.

In America, under the protection of the First Amendment “freedom of speech and press”, journalism started to grow quickly after the Revolution. The press turned out as an essential part for political campaigns.

In the 19th century, newspapers began to appear in the Eastern U.S. Afterwards in the early 20th century, newspapers became more popular to the people. In the late 20th century, much of American journalism merged together as various media businesses.

With the advent of the 21st century and the development of the Internet, a lot of people started off looking through news articles online instead of reading newspapers.

Nowadays, a great number of skilled journalists have created adequate stories, videos, podcasts and photographs to serve the public interest.

Journalism plays a major role in citizenship, and we cannot live without it.

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