ARTICLE: Eighteenth-century news aggregation


Grub-Street Journal (1730–1737) was a weekly paper that satirized the conventions of London journalism. Its editor Richard Russel searched through publications for accounts of the same event and through satire revealed their errors and contradictions.

The author of the article, Will Slauter, describes Russels work as “a manual version of news aggregation”. It exposed errors and contradictions and, on the other hand,  provided readers with details that would have otherwise required consulting several sources.

Grub-Street Journal helped people to make sense of the media in eighteenth-century London.

The article is published by Media History and it can be found here.

Picture: HPNL_Jan2013_001 by University of Illinois Library, licence: CC BY 2.0

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