From Gutenberg to Google

Travel through the centuries; a brief insight on the history that has influenced journalism today.

It is no news that the way we gather and transmit information has changed. We are curious creatures and the world of journalism has helped open new doors in developing our understanding of the world we are a part of. Newspapers, television, radio, online and many more have revolutionised the speed in which we can now gather and transmit information.

“Journalism is about results. It’s about affecting your community or your society in the most progressive way” — Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Long before you could Ask Jeeves and Google there was a thing called the printing press, first developed by Gutenberg in the 1400s. Little did he know this would be one of the most influential events in the second millennium. This was by being able to print copied content that could be seen and spread to the masses. You might be familiar with his famous Gutenberg Bible. — Of which roughly fifty still survive today!

It’s strange to think that before the fiberoptic cable, one of the common ways to deliver news and newspapers were on horseback. Now with mobile phones, internet, radio …we can access information and become a virtual witness as news happens.

Below I have made a swanky interactive timeline adapted from an online document of The story of journalism:

For further reading you can download the document here:

So what does the future hold for Journalism?

When looking back into the history of journalism it makes me only excited for what the future might hold. We have become a tech savvy generation, where we can easily adapt to all varieties of different mediums, all playing a significant role in society.

“A dramatic revolution taking place in the news industry today” Stuart Allen

With more technological advancements simply make me question if the ‘once upon a time’ power of print is shortly going to fade away.

The internet has become the most popular source of accessing news, which has caused a large decline in print newspaper sales. This has caused people to turn to alternate 24/7 media such as the television and social media.

By being able to access information 24/7 we can simply google what we need to know. Like many, I prefer to spend time searching or scrolling down my news feed or - my guilty pleasure - watching endless beauty and travel vloggers on YouTube. My only concern is, with having all this various, world-wide information available, how significant will worldly matters later become?

Although, we can never predict the future, journalism still grows.

Giving everyone the opportunity to have a voice and the freedom to choose what information is valuable to us.

What’s next?

The future is yet to tell…

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