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British contributions (and scandals)

Posted by: | September 19, 2011 | No Comment |

Great Britain has given us many things. The Spice Girls. David BeckhamPenicillin. But they have also given us great contributions to the world of journalism.

In 1624, the first newspaper ad was printed and just a couple of years later they printed the first correction that increased newspaper credibility.

With the end of the British Licensing Act in 1695, the British press was not only able to report news with more freedom but it also gave Americans a push to continue their own news reporting.

But they’ve also had their fair share of scandal, the most recent being the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The famous British newspaper recently came under fire when reports were released that phones of celebrities, politicans and even royalty were hacked into.

 

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