What happened to the newsrooms of yore?

We’ve either heard of the old newsrooms – or we’ve lived it.

I’m the former but would have loved to see the old environment.

The typewriters, the carbon paper, the pay-phones, the messy job of sub-editing, the inky-smoky smell … I know one thing’s not changed though, and that’s the love of a good yarn.

Now, I’m not saying it’s any better or worse. I am just interested in what it was like before technology’s golden age.

Old New York Times newsroom

So today take a trip back. Have a listen to this cracker of an interview from December 2o10 on BBC Radio. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE NEWSROOM?

And its follow-up … Richard Ingrams at the Telegraph, being shown around by its current digital editor, Edward Roussel.

And when you’re done with those, here’s a classic.

Have you seen Ace In The Hole (1951) by Billy Wilder? You should. It’s about a desperate journo hankering for a story. And he makes one. Brilliant and really quite scary.

But can’t you kind of empathise with Chuck?

"If there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog!"


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