Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 21st 1846 the first issue of the “Daily News,” edited by Charles Dickens was published.
Although he is best known for novels such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens was also a journalist.
Charles Dickens was a supporter of the Liberal Party and in 1845 he began to consider the idea of publishing a daily newspaper that could compete with the more conservative The Times….The first edition of The Daily News was published on January 21st 1846.
Dickens employed his great friend and fellow social reformer, Douglas Jerrold, as the newspaper’s sub-editor. William Henry Wills joined the newspaper as assistant editor. Dickens put his father, John Dickens, in charge of the reporters. He also paid his father-in-law, George Hogarth, five guineas a week to write on music.
If you glance over Dickens’s biography, you might almost conclude that he was primarily a journalist who wrote fiction on the side. Scholars estimate that during the roughly 35 years of his active career he produced more than a million words of nonfiction.
By his early twenties Dickens was already acknowledged as the best Parliamentary reporter in England.
Dickens was an accomplished reporter before he achieved success as a writer of fiction. Following his rise to fame, he took on a number of editing roles that proved less than satisfying before becoming in 1850 the editor of a weekly publication, Household Words. He edited this and its successor, All the Year Round, through to his death in 1870.
As we celebrate his journalistic history today of his England News Paper called the Daily News, which was first published on January 21st 1846.
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