chapter  2
15 Pages

News Agencies and Telegraph Technology: The Evolution of Global News Exchange Networks

A look into history is a good starting point to analyze what it is that is so signifi cantly changing our societal interaction patterns as well as the way the public informs itself or-for that matter-the way in which news organizations inform their publics. The nineteenth century holds a great example of how the introduction of a new technology played a signifi cant role in determining exchange patterns of news. It was the century of telegraph technology in which for the fi rst time in history news organizations were formed that strategically built networks of global connection: It was the century in which news agencies evolved.1 This chapter highlights the changes telegraph technology brought about for the exchange of news, especially in light of the developments we are facing today, putting these latest developments into historical perspective yet also pinpointing the very difference digital technology tools bring to today’s gathering, production and distribution processes.