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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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War News, 1914–1918

War News, 1914–1918

(p.139) Six War News, 1914–1918
The Power of News

Donald Read

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the experiences of Reuters during the war. Reuter correspondents had never forgotten that they were writing for the news agency of the British Empire. The call of patriotism was very strong during the First World War. Reuters had not foreseen the outbreak of the First World War, even though its European correspondents had been busy reporting the tensions of the immediate pre-war years. For the first time in the war British correspondents were fully briefed about what was intended for the opening day of war; and they were allowed to view the battlefield from vantage points. What they witnessed turned out to be a traumatic experience in the history of the British Empire. Reuters played its part in publicizing and encouraging the war effort throughout the worldwide territories of the British Empire.

Keywords:   correspondents, territories, war news, Reuters, propaganda, battle, armistice, First World War

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