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The Power of NewsThe History of Reuters$
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Donald Read

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207689.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This text introduces a London-based news agency known as ‘Reuters’, which was started in 1851 and founded by Julius Reuter. For over a hundred years Reuters was a national and imperial institution, the news agency of the British Empire. A running theme within this book is the working of the Reuters news tradition. This book explores the beginning and development of Reuters. Furthermore, it also discusses how much conscious or unconscious bias there was in news selection or presentation and how well the old Reuter tradition survived within the transformed company of the second half of the 20th century. The chapters which follow explain both how Reuters has handled world news down the years, and how its organization and management grew from very modest beginnings into a great business, greater at the end of the 20th century than in any previous period.

Keywords:   news, Reuters, international news agency, news tradition, British empire

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