• Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


This chapter revisits the qualities that distinguished the Victorian special correspondent and his journalism through analysis of reports from the annual dinner of the Newspaper Press Fund of the late 1870s and early 1880s. Arguing that the work of the first generation of special correspondents in Britain—such as William Howard Russell, George Augustus Sala, and Archibald Forbes—reveals a tension between old and new media technologies, it concludes by reflecting upon their legacy for the modern war or foreign correspondent.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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