The modern newspaper evolved from the weekly periodicals which began
to circulate after the invention of the printing press.
Since then the newspaper press has shaped and been shaped by momentous
social and political change, and has been a key part of economic development
certainly in the developed world
Throughout this history the press has been shaped overwhelmingly by
three factors - technology, demographics - the underlying trends in population
which shape demand for news - and regulation (or law). It is the complex
interaction of these forces which has shaped newspaper history.
The articles on these pages are an attempt to review this history and
to create an online introductory history to encourage further study.
The articles here are far from comprehensive, but we hope these pages
will grow over the years to become a useful resource for practitioners,
students and researches alike.
Follow the links on the left to examine themes in more detail
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