Category Archives: News

Hot News Becomes Cold in a Nanosecond in the Modern World

Today in 1846, the first telegraph link was established between New York City and Boston. From the AP Archives: “In the spring of 1846, Moses Yale Beach (1800-68), publisher of The New York Sun, establishes a pony express to deliver … Continue reading

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The Richard John Interview: The Politics of Network Evolution

The Politics of Network Evolution: An Interview with Richard John  Richard John is Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, and a historian of communications networks in the United States. His most recent book, Network Nation, won the … Continue reading

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Shocking News about News Consumption

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism published today the results of its analysis of the top 25 popular news websites in the United States. Among the findings: 

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First U.S. Newspaper

Today in 1704, the first continuously-published newspaper in the United States, the Boston News-Letter, was published for the first time. 

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The Day The News Died

Today in 1930, according to the BBC, listeners who tuned in to hear the news bulletin on Good Friday were informed: “There is no news.” Piano music followed.

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Political Satire: Early 19th Century Caricatures

Earlier this evening I enjoyed a Ticknor Society event in which Tom Michalak talked about early 19th century British caricatures, focusing on political caricatures and pamphlets about King George IV and Queen Caroline.

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Internet Up, TV Down as Main News Source for Under 30

Pew Research Center: In 2010, for the first time, the internet has surpassed television as the main source of national and international news for people younger than 30. Another 2 years for 30-49 year-olds?

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InfoStory Quotes: Power to WikiLeaks

Joseph Galarneau: “The power of the press can be dramatically limited when the power to the press is disconnected.”

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The Death of the News Blog: Print to the Rescue

Larry Kramer, founder of CBS MarketWatch, writes today about Nick Denton’s (Gawker’s) decision to abandon the blog format in favor of “curation.” What it means is that the old print, yes, dare I say it, “old” newspaper and magazine print … Continue reading

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The Newsweek DailyBeast Co.: Print to the Rescue?

“…print magazines still generally take in far more money than their Web-only counterparts.” —Wall Street Journal (AP story) “It also gives Mr. Diller, a member of the board of The Washington Post Company, the longtime former owner of Newsweek, a … Continue reading

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