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History of Journalism When you wake up in a bustling city like Toronto or a small rural town like Sarnia what do you do You probably pick up the latest copy of the Toronto Star Globe Mail or Toronto Sun from your doorsteps or closest newsstand What do you listen to on the radio on the way to work You listen to the news What do you watch at 1100 oclock at night You watch the news News is everywhere Some people even call it JOURNALISM From the days of EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT to todays around the clock news coverage on CNN news has always been a part of our life News agencies such as Reuters and Associated Press are some of the leading news agencies in the world Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner are an example of rich and powerful newsmen Journalism had to start somewhere but where Historians believe that the first prototype or piece of news originated during the Roman Empire It was called Acta Diurna This news sheet was published daily in 59 BC and hung in prominent places It recorded social and political events The Encyclopedia Americana 184 There is also evidence that the Chinese had a news sheet called Tching-Pao or news of the palace This was during the Tang dynasty This report was handed out to government officials in various forms and often under different names It was discontinued in 1911 by the Ching dynasty The first printed newspaper was produced from wooden blocks in Beijing This occurred around sometime between the 7th and 8th century AD Gwinn 627 News during the 15th to 18th century was usually just a single sheet or a pamphlet describing one event There were no advertisements or any comics just news News sheets and newspapers were difficult to produce and distribute This changed with Johann Gutenbergs 1450 invention of the printing press The
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