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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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The World's News, 1865–1914

The World's News, 1865–1914

(p.96) Four The World's News, 1865–1914
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This chapter recounts the rapid growth of Reuters after they completed the world's first transatlantic cable and how their subscribers began to receive an unbroken flow of news. The speed of news by cable compared with that sent by steamship was immediately apparent. This new immediacy added to the power of news and helped to sell more newspapers. During this time, war news generated continuing interest of another kind. To report the wars of the second half of the century, a new breed of war correspondents emerged. After a few years, public interest in sport had also become more intense throughout the British Empire. Although the cost of sports reporting in detail was high, Reuters provided maximum coverage. Reuters was two hours ahead in London with a report of the almost unbelievable news of the sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic on her maiden transatlantic voyage.

Keywords:   transatlantic cable, Reuters, war news, telegram, steamship, expedition, recollections, The Times

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