Audience interaction…in 1890

If you think engaging with your audience and toppling journalists from their ivory towers has only come about with the advent of Web 2.0, take a look at these “newsroom rules” printed in the Budget’s second edition on May 29, 1890. These were directed at readers, not staff:

Rules of our office

When you come in don’t sit down, but walk about and inspect the office closely.

Take hold of the press and give it a few turns, as it keeps it in working order.

Look over the editor’s shoulder and read what he is writing.

Don’t forget to examine the type, we like to have them mixed.

Don’t fail to make some suggestions as to how a paper should be run.

Spit tobacco juice on the ink disc, it keeps it from rusting.

Monkey with the paper cutter, it keeps it sharp.

Ask questions, we have lots of time to answer them.

Ahead of their time, some might say.


~ by jessicabest87 on July 6, 2009.

2 Responses to “Audience interaction…in 1890”

  1. Good stuff. Now can we come up with a 2009 equivalent?

  2. Awesome – the language is very much the subtle sarcasm of today, riding the small path between honest invitation and mocking obnoxious visitors… So glad NYTimes picked this up, I would’ve never discovered it otherwise (probably)

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