Newspapers: Blogs of the 19th century

Not that much of what we now think of as reporting was done [in newspapers] until well into the 1800’s. The typical end product was well summarized in the complaint of Franz Josef Grund, soon to turn newspaperman himself, that “An American paper . . . is said to be edited with great talent when it contains in each number from half a column to a column of original matter; the rest consists of extracts [from other papers] and advertisements.

— J. C. Furnas, The Americans: A Social History of the United States 1587-1914 (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1969), pg. 556.

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