the first blog was published in ancient rome…

The earliest known journalistic product was a newssheet circulated in ancient Rome called the Acta Diurna. Published daily from 59 BC, it was hung in prominent places and recorded important social and political events. In China during the T’ang dynasty a court circular called a pao, or ìreport,î was issued to government officials. This gazette appeared in various forms and under various names more or less continually to the end of the Ch’ing dynasty in 1911. The first regularly published newspapers appeared in German cities and in Antwerp around 1609. The first English newspaper, the Weekly Newes, was published in 1622. One of the first daily newspapers, The Daily Courant, appeared in 1702. (“Journalism.” EncyclopÊdia Britannica. 2006. EncyclopÊdia Britannica Online. 20 Sept. 2006 .)

If blogs really do spell the end of newspapers, as many journalists seem so intent on worrying about, future editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica will explain that the first known blog was a newssheet circulated in Ancient Rome called the Acta Diurna. Heh.

Mind you, the Wikipedia doesn’t call the Acta Diurna journalism at all. (PS: I’m not using encyclopedias as references in my research, just as a starting point 😉

20. September 2006 by Jill

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