Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Lorraine Ruiz
908 276-2451

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.”   Thia lecture will transport the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on  U.S. newspapers.  The audience will learn how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction.  Maryanne will ask listeners to join in and share their experiences with newspapers.  For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Were you every in the newspaper?”


Maryanne worked as a journalist in the newspaper industry most of her adult life.  She wrote for publications including: The Westsider, The Montclair Times, The Paterson Press and The Aquarian Arts Weekly.