The National Library has a selection of travelling exhibitions for use in museums, schools and libraries. In February 2016, I borrowed an exhibition ‘The Past from the Press’ and displayed it in the library. Newspapers have played an important role in providing evidence about the past. However, as with all historical evidence, Newspapers cannot always be relied on to be 100 percent accurate. ‘The Past from the Press ‘ exhibition explored issues such as news values, bias, subjectivity and propaganda and encouraged students to ‘read between the lines’ of historic and contemporary newspapers.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.