How Are Back Issue Newspapers Still Relevant?
Trying to understand history without reading newspapers will result in a view of history that’s flat, skewed, and almost completely devoid of personality. For centuries, printed media has been influencing the world and reflecting the viewpoints of the people within it. Even a defunct paper, like the News Chronicle, offers a unique voice and perspective that should be documented and understood.
The History of the News Chronicle
The News Chronicle was founded in 1872. After less than four years of operations, its original owner sold the newspaper to Edward Lloyd for 30,000 pounds. The new owner would then invest an additional 190,000 pounds to buy an office on Fleet Street and set up the initial print run. Under Lloyd and his highly-ranked editing team, the paper developed a reputation for success and honesty. Throughout the 1890s, the paper sold more than the Times, Telegraph, Morning Post, Daily Graphic, and Evening Standard combined. This was helped along by Lloyd’s devotion to reporting only the facts and providing the best in up-to-date reporting. On June 2nd of 1930, the paper merged with the Cadbury family’s Daily News to become The Daily Chronicle. For the next 30 years, the paper continued its unbiased reporting on politics at home and abroad
The paper earned a name by vehemently opposing Franco throughout the 1930s. Putting their staff where their presses were, the Daily Chronicle sent two separate correspondents to Spain. One of these men, Arthur Koestler, ended up captured at the fall of Malaga. His release was immediately followed by another trip abroad to a Palestine caught during an Arab revolt. The well-traveled journalist urged the adoption of the Peel Commission’s recommendation to partition Palestine throughout his time in the papers.
Four years after its coverage of the Suez Canal, the News Chronicle was folded into the holdings of the Daily Mail.
Interesting Facts About the News Chronicle
- Notable contributors for the News Chronicle included Stephen Barber, Frank Barber, H.G. Wells, Ritchie Calder, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Patrick Maitland.
- The News Chronicle was the first to break the story of DNA in an article entitled, “Why You Are You. Nearer Secret of Life".
- From 1958 to 1962, the News Chronicle sponsored a BBC program titled Get Ahead.
News Chronicle Archives
To find back issues of The News Chronicle Archives or to check availability of the newspaper, follow these steps:
- Visit the UK historical newspaper archive page.
- Select the date you’re interested in
- Choose your desired newspaper and edition.
- Select the pack you wish to purchase. There are a variety of delivery and gift options to fit your needs.
- Make sure to add a name to the certificate of authenticity along with your chosen date and message if the purchase is a gift.