Park Row: back to the heyday of print journalism and editing


The May monthly meeting will be something different: a reminisce of old-fashioned newspaper and editorial values with a screening of ‘Park Row’, courtesy of the the Reel McCoy Film Group.

‘Park Row’ tells the story of an idealistic journalist setting out on his own to establish an independent and principled newspaper in late 19th century New York with the support of an equally idealistic printer. A circulation war with the established rivals escalates into direct conflict. The movie puts a unique perspective on some significant historical events, such as the invention of linotype and its role in the newspaper industry.

The event is to be at the National Library of Australia on 25 May 2011, starting at 6pm, and is free for members of the Canberra Society of Editors. A light supper will be provided afterwards.

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