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Lecture: “Newsies: A History of the Newspaper Industry”

Published July 8, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_5194A full house!

Last night I presented: “Newsies: A History of the Newspaper Industry” at Cranford Community Center, sponsored by The Friends of the Cranford Library.

Due to the super hot weather, I didn’t think anyone would come, but what a fun surprise to speak to a full house! Some of the ladies who came to see me were repeat customers who saw me do a book reading/signing for “On the Guest List.” It’s awesome to see people coming to hear you speak for the second time around!

Perhaps you’d like “Newsies” presented at your facility?

If so, here’s a little synopsis (for rates and availability contact me at: — I will travel anywhere in the USA).

Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” The lecture will take the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on U.S. newspapers. The audience will learn about 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. Maryanne will ask listeners to 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.

SAM_5196Thanks to librarian director John Malar for having me!