"The Crumbs are better than a feast elsewhere"

Australian journalists on Fleet Street

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This article explores the experiences of Australian journalists who worked on Fleet Street in London between 1900 and the outbreak of World War II. Concentrating on a number of individual journalists, it considers the powerful lure of Fleet Street, the reasons for departure from Australia, first impressions of London, the opportunities provided by being abroad experiences of success and failure on Fleet Street, working and social life, and the particular challenges and opportunities facing women journalists. It examines the theme of education in the public writings and private reflections of Australian journalists who worked on Fleet Street and reflects on the circularity and complexity of the imperial journalistic experience. While each journalist or editor would recount his or her one great exclusive, marry would look back to the "golden age" of journalism before the crassness of Lord Northcliffe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalJournalism history
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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