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05-19-2012, 10:23 PM
This is a really weird research question, which is why I've been having trouble searching online...or else I just suck at online searches.

Still, I was wondering if anyone had any good insights as to how English reporters in the Victorian Era would interact with the English monarchy? Would press conferences be called, or one or two reporters be allowed into the castle for interviews? Just stuff like that and anything else you can tell me. If you have any good sources as well, I'd love to see that.

Also, let's say there was a meeting of diplomats in this era. Who else would be able to attend that meeting other than royalty/ambassadors etc. I'm sure reporters wouldn't be allowed in, but surely they'd need someone to write down the proceedings or .... I don't know, serve drinks or something. Any ideas?

Thanks everyone!

05-20-2012, 12:28 AM
There were things that were vguely like press conferences, but they were rare. Reporters largely got their information over drinks, meeting people in odd places, and by walking in and asking. The exact answer varies from country to country and monarch to monarch. Some were quite open, while othes were not. There were rumor papers rather like the National Inquirer, but it wasn't wuite the same.

You might want to Read Flashman and the Tigress, which has a humorous fictional account of a reporter (Blowitz, a real reporter of that era who was as portrayed in the novel) acquiring information in regard to a treaty.. The methods were typical.

I don't know which reporter and paper reported that Victoria was carrying on with her game-keeper, but there were such reports during her lifetime.

05-21-2012, 02:26 PM
Two things that might help you. This is an excerpt from Lord Hatherton's journal about dealing with the death of the king (http://www.timespast.org.uk/id28.html), and this is a book (http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Communication/Journalism/%7E%7E/dmlldz11c2EmY2k9OTc4MDE5OTI1MzkyMA==) that describes how Queen Victoria was the first "media monarch." You can probably Google reviews of it to get a better idea of its contents.

05-21-2012, 05:18 PM
I very much doubt if Queen Victoria had anything to do with reporters/journalists. William Howard Russell was probably the first war correspondent and his reports from the Crimea did not find favour with Royalty. See http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jrussell.htm

Most information would be printed in the London Gazette - http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/about/history there is a good search facility on the site.

There were regional as well as national papers - http://victorianpeeper.blogspot.co.uk/2007/10/british-library-puts-victorian.html