Today marks the first day of classes and the beginning of my exploration of British media.
We started our journey with an overview of the history of Fleet Street, which is where all of the national newspapers used to be housed. There are many Fleet Streets in London, but we focused on exploring the media Fleet Street, which used to be the epicenter of journalism in London.
Today, UK-based newspapers have moved from Fleet Street, but the historical significance of Fleet Street and its relation to journalism is reason enough to visit.
Adam Scott took us on a tour of the media Fleet Street, telling us stories of the journalism business from long ago.
You might be familiar with Fleet Street from the play, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. The actual story of Sweeney Todd is believed to have been fabricated by journalists. One day, a confessional letter arrived at London News Agency, which some skeptics believe was made up to sell papers.
This wall of Fleet Street contains remnants from WWII bombings. The paper business was censored then, for fear of being too gruesome, but the history still remains.
We then took a tour of St. Bride’s church, which is dubbed, “spiritual home of the media.” Located on Fleet Street, the church has strong ties to the media industry.
The church has vigils and monuments to journalists who have been captured or murdered in their line of work.