Picture it; you’re going through a newspaper from the 1950s, learning about what was. It may evoke a feeling of nostalgia or shock. Reading newspapers from the past allows the reader to go back in time and learn about experiences they weren’t around to witness. Many nations have claimed to produce the first newspaper. There are many reports that the very first newspaper or daily gazette was the Acta Diurna. The Acta Diurna was published in Rome in 59 B.C. There are other reports that a German-language newspaper published in 1605 in Strasbourg was the first newspaper. Despite these conflicting reports, it is an extraordinary thing to know that these publications did in fact exist.
With newspaper archives, you have the ability to experience the past and the memories that were made. Newspapers of the past are a great resource in reconstructing what was. For many people who have had the opportunity to live during those times and are still alive today, it gives them the opportunity to remember. It allows individuals to relive their lives of the past and it evokes memories of what they were doing at the time, who they were interacting with and where they were. In a way, newspaper archives are a portal back in time.
Newspaper Archives are Our Own History
Historians all over the world are the ones that are telling us about our history, dictating what we should and shouldn’t remember. Newspaper archives give us the opportunity to make our own history. Imagine an older gentleman who lived in the 1950s, who cannot remember some of the events that took place. With newspaper archives, he can read a newspaper from that time and recall the event and piece together his memories, recreating his own history.
Newspaper Archives are Educational
Old newspapers are rather educational. For someone who was not around to experience first-hand, old newspapers provide younger individuals insight into the reality of the past. Newspaper archives are not clouded by the interpretations of historians; they are the reality of what really happened. Older newspapers are ideal for students who are learning about a particular era. With archives, students can uncover unsung heroes or individuals who have made a difference but weren’t properly afforded the recognition that they deserved. It is also a rewarding experience to see the fun parts of an old newspaper. You can find the advertisements of the past showcasing products that you use today. These images are a fun and friendly reminder that not everything has changed.
Newspaper archives preserve the special moments, the tragic events and the fun memories. With the emergence of new advances in technology, many are ditching the traditional newspaper. Many readers are opting for the tablets and smartphones for easier ways to read the news. Even though many are favoring new technology over the newspaper, the newspaper will always have a special place in the world and in the world of journalism. Unlike new technology, the newspaper allows readers to grasp the news in their hands, creating new experiences. It is a hope that in the future many will read the newspapers of the present and relive their history.