“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” at Denville Library

Published October 21, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8873Maryanne Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

SAM_8878Maryanne Mistretta and librarian, Ilene Lefkowitz

Thanks so much to the Denville Library (http://www.denvillelibrary.org) for hosting my program “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” on October 20, 2015.

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” takes the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, “Newsies” focuses on U.S. newspapers. The audience learned how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Listeners join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Where you ever in the newspaper?”

Maryanne worked in the newspaper industry herself as a journalist during most of her adult life. She wrote for New York papers: The Westsider and the Chelsea Clinton News (which is named after an area of NYC, not the former president’s daughter).

Maryanne was also a journalist at The Montclair Times for seven years. After she left The Times, she went on to write for several online publications including The Paterson Press, where her feature articles also appeared in The Herald News.

She also wrote for The Aquarian Arts weekly, a newspaper that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To book this program for your library or senior group, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: MaryanneChristiano@gmail.com


5 comments on ““Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” at Denville Library

  • Thank you for informing people about the history of the newspaper industry. I worked for newspapers for 38 years from 1966-2004, and saw a lot of changes over the years. It is sad that the newspaper, which I worked for last is a shell of what it was. I worked in the composing room, which had 40 people at one time. Now, because of advances in technology the composing room no longer exists. The editorial department has been reduced, to a very few employees. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge of the newspaper industry with others.

      • Yes, it is heartbreaking to see the decline in newspaper industry. I have seen a lot of co-workers lose their jobs in the years since I retired in 2004. We went from being a family-owned newspaper to being owned by the Gannett Corporation, and the first thing they did was stop our $150 Christmas bonuses, that we had been receiving for many years. I knew then that things would never be the same again.

  • You find the best things to write about !!! I find the newspaper interesting & fascinating from start to delivery ! My husband is retired from THe Providence Journal, which has now been bought out by Belo Inc. of Texas. All of his co workers were like family to us & still are. Many memories. And yes, we still have the newspaper delivered to our door every morning. On nice mornings we sit outside on our patio to read it. When we go on vacations, my husband always has to find a newsstand if it a Sunday morn, to buy his newspaper.

    Now the BEST for last !! You know how crazi I am over my grand kids. Well, when my little grandson, Vince was 4 and 1/2 , his little reading books would become repetitious at times. To hold his interest on the reading, one day I pulled out the newspaper. At first, I would let him him find his basic key words and hi lite them. We eventually progressed to reading sentences, then articles that would interest him. Now 4 years later, at 8 and 1/2, if the paper is on the coffee table he still glances thru it. That makes me HAPPY, because reading is ESSENTIAlL to children!!!
    I have a cute picture of him to send you( reading the newspaper), but I lost you on FB , I have been so busy that I did not notice that until yesterday. Please re friend me @ sandraassanti@icloud.com

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