Multimedia journalism: 1938 style

To anyone who thought multimedia news was new thing, or newspaper newsrooms producing video something we’ve only come up with in the last few years … think again.

Here’s a film of local news shot by the Rossendale Free Press, a weekly newspaper in Lancashire … in 1938.

Back in ’38, as the country prepared to war, it appears the Free Press produced regular silent video footage which were shown in local cinemas.

It’s fascinating to watch – even if you’re not from the area – and was discovered in the local library by the North West Film Archive. You can read the Free Press’s story on the find here.

More proof that, as far as journalism is concerned at least, there’s very little new under the sun?


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