Memories of London’s Print-Newspaper Heyday

Via wistful pieces in The New York Times and Guardian.

SundaPostFrontThe journalists have departed. As Stephen Castle reminds in The New York Times, when a pair of reporters who work for Scottish newspaper the Sunday Post packed up their things this summer, they brought to a close the physical presence of daily newspaper reporters on London’s famous Fleet Street. Emblematically, their parent company DC Thompson has kept the office, but only for the purposes of housing non-editorial staff.

Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade earlier in the week had a fun piece about a recent reunion of reporters who used to work for the Stratford Express, an East London weekly newspaper. Many staffers moved on to bigger Fleet Street jobs. The paper, where Greenslade also once worked, closed in 2011. From his column:

West Ham was the major local team and it was [sports editor Trevor] Bond who was responsible for the iconic Stratford Express headline after England’s 1966 World Cup victory.

In recognition of the fact that the goals were scored by two West Ham players, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, and the team was captained by another Hammer, Bobby Moore, Bond’s headline said: “West Ham 4, W. Germany 2.”

Castle has some other great stuff as well, and suggests that the closest thing in recent years to any sort of Fleet Street glory involves the wedding of a guy named Rupert Murdoch.

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