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Boston, birthplace of the American media

The American press was born in Boston (No faking). Here are some highlights.

The word News photographed using a mix of vintage letterpress characters.
Associated Press
Publick Occurrences was founded in 1690.

> 5 of the first 7 newspapers in North America were published in Boston

> 5 of the 14 journalists indicted under the 1798 Sedition Act were also from Boston

> September 25, 1690 — Publication date of the first Colonial newspaper, Boston’s Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick


> 14 — Years before a second Colonial newspaper was founded, The Boston News-Letter, which became the first continuously published paper in America

> 7.5 by 11.5 inches — Size of Publick Occurrences

> 3 — Number of pages in Publick Occurrences (a fourth page was blank, for readers to write their own news and opinions)

> 4 — Number of days it took the Colonial government to suppress Publick Occurrences, for lack of a permit; publisher Benjamin Harris was briefly jailed

> 1789 — Year the country’s first foreign-language newspaper, Courier de Boston, started (and ended) publication


> 1831 — Year William Lloyd Garrison, publisher of the trailblazing abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, began printing essays by Maria W. Stewart, the first female African-American journalist

> 1872 — Year that The Boston Globe was founded by Jordan Marsh’s Eben Jordan and five others, publishing its first issue March 4, selling for 4 cents a copy

> 1992 — Year the country’s first round-the-clock regional cable news station, New England Cable News, was launched

> Hear Emerson College professor Manny Paraschos on Boston’s journalism trail, March 13, 6 p.m. The Boston Athenaeum, $15.

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SOURCES: Manny Paraschos; Library of Congress;