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Watching old news anew - what has changed in journalism over the last 70 years?
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 14:12

This week's feature is slightly out of the box for Listening Post. We are showcasing a newsreel from the 1940s that introduces the audience to what it is like to work in a newsroom.

Back then in the pre-television era, newsreels were trailers of their day and were shown in cinemas before the feature film. We thought it might be fun to show one newsreel to a few journalists and get their thoughts on what has changed in the news business over the years - and a few things that have not.

In this week's feature, Listening Post's Flo Phillips on what life used to be like inside a newsroom.

"I haven't been inside a newsroom for probably about a year now. I'd say that newsrooms are less maybe the heart of an operation and more like the brains of an operation. It's where all the decisions are made. The emotion, the blood, the sweat, the tears, I think that's all in the field now .... If those journalists from that film in the 1940s were to actually look at the way in which we get our news these days they'd be appalled. I mean there they are getting these faxes and telex and reading reams and reams of paper and wires and there we are getting our information basically in 140 characters."

Sherine Tadros, Al Jazeera


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