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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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News Between the Wars, 1919–1939

News Between the Wars, 1919–1939

(p.215) Nine News Between the Wars, 1919–1939
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an account of reporting by Reuters between the wars. Being affected by financial constraints, Reuters could never afford to maintain as many news bureaux or to appoint as many full-time correspondents as it needed. In addition, not all of the Reuter correspondents were good journalists. Reuters still managed to work and prove themselves capable. In later years, exceptional attention was given to reporting the Versailles peace conference. The rapid development of broadcasting in the United Kingdom presented a challenge to British newspapers. As a result, Jones went through recurring negotiations with Reith, the autocratic director-general of the BBC. In the years to come, Reuters were successful in reporting despite the challenges they faced and they were also praised for their great work.

Keywords:   Reuters, BBC, financial constraints, correspondents, Americanism, Versailles peace conference

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