Thursday: History Up Close

The clock ticks on: As of 10:00 AM this morning, MSCM 398 is inside 48 hours to air time for their radio program on Siren FM. There was plenty of editing going on in Newsroom 2, until 11:00 o’clock, when the Lincoln Professor Dr. Brian Winston stopped by to compare and contrast the legal frameworks of mass media in the U.K. and the U.S.  Among the topics covered by Prof. Winston, the Americans were introduced to journalist and propagandist Marchamont Nedham, credited as an early champion of independence for the English press.

Dr. Brian Winston explores the historical underpinnings of the BBC, and comments on the future of the corporation.

The afternoon presented a chance to engage media history in person, with a trip to historic Petwood Hotel, where the students sat in the RAF Squadron Bar and learned about American journalists Edward R. Murrow and Martha Gellhorn, who covered Britain’s long and brutal air war with Germany. After a stroll around the buildings and ground, we were treated to high tea – scones, clotted cream, jam, and all sorts of savory, sweet and rich treats.


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