Newspapers L.O.- To gain an understanding of the origins and historical background of the newspaper industry.
The Gutenberg press was invented in Germany by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440. The printing press changed the way news and information was developed and passed on for generations to come. So where did it all begin?
What impact do you think the printing press had on the world? So how was news and information passed on up until this point in time?
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. The first Pop Press story? What impact did these tales have on the rest of the world? So how did the invention of the printing press develop into the modern day newspaper?
Newspaper Ownership <ul><li>In the late 19 th and first half of the 20 th century the main newspapers were owned by several ‘Press Barons’. </li></ul><ul><li>These were rich and powerful individuals who owned papers for the social status they conferred and for the influence they gave them in society. </li></ul><ul><li>Since WW2 ownership of newspapers has become concentrated in the hands of a few very large corporations. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>POWER-PRESTIGE-PROFIT </li></ul></ul></ul>
The history of newspapers in the UK in the 20th century is a fascinating story of the emergence of new titles, technologies and formats, and the disappearance of old titles, mainly through mergers. Once famous national titles like the Daily Sketch (later to merge with the Daily Mail in 1971) and the News Chronicle are now less known by younger generations. British newspaper history is also almost as much about the stories of the newspaper bosses - the big personalities, such as Lord Rothermere , Lord Northcliffe, The Barclay Brothers, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell , amongst others, who had a huge impact on the course of this history. The History of newspapers in Great Britain
Tabloids and Broadsheets Left wing or right wing? Many newspapers are classed as being either ‘left wing’ or ‘right wing’ Right wing : upholding traditional ‘British’ values, a dislike of political correctness, strong opinions about crime, immigration etc. Left wing : liberal opinions, political correctness, modern/trendy ideas, concerns about the environment and global warming
How has the role of the newspaper changed throughout history? Has the control or ownership of the newspapers had any influence on its role?