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International Snail Papers Day – April 7, 2023

International Snail Papers Day is celebrated on April 7 annually. What exactly are snail papers? It is another term for newspapers. The name comes from the fact that in the age of digital news and social media, they end up reporting news very late by comparison. But still, newspapers remain a popular way to consume news for many people. This day is to honor the newspapers and the people who work hard every day to ensure we get the news.

History of International Snail Papers Day

Written news has a long history which can be traced back to the Roman empire in 59 BC. Rome was the center of the western world, and it was considered the hub of innovation. Historians believe that ‘Acta Diuma,’ a piece of hand-carved news on a stone or metal sheet, is credited to be the first medium of regular written news updates to the Romans. Acta Diuma was kept secret from the public at first, and it was later made public by Julius Caesar in 59 BC. The first printed newspaper was first introduced in the 17th Century in Europe when Johann Carolus published ‘Reiation alier Fumemmen und gedenckwudigen Historien’, which published the account of all distinguished and commemorable news in Germany in 1605.

The cost of newspapers fell after the advent of advertising in the 19th Century, and it could be afforded by a much wider population. Ad revenues grew with the circulation of the newspapers, and most of the publications were hugely profitable and were owned by wealthy individuals who used newspapers to spread their political views. The business of newspapers started in the U.S. in 1833 when Benjamin Day started the first edition of the New York Sun.

But newspapers rapidly also started to face competition first in the 1920s and 30s from radio transmission and then in the 50s from television. But newspapers were largely considered as parallel media rather than direct competition, however, in the last 25 years with the rapid rise of digital media, the print media has not been doing very well. Newspapers are facing a challenge from news websites and the rise of the yellow journalism

International Snail Papers Day timeline

59 B.C.
The First Written News

‘Acta Diuma,’ a piece of hand-carved news on a stone or metal sheet, is credited to be the first medium of regular written news updates to the Romans.

17th Century
The First Printed Newspaper

It was introduced in Europe when Johann Carolus published ‘Reiation alier Fumemmen und gedenckwudigen Historien’.

1833
The First U.S. Newspaper Business

The business of newspapers started in the U.S. when Benjamin Day launched the first edition of the New York Sun.

2000s
The Decline of Newspapers

In the last 25 years with the rapid rise of digital media, print media has not been doing very well.

International Snail Papers Day FAQs

Who is considered the ‘Father of Global Journalism?’

Joseph Pulitzer has this title due to the role he played in establishing the modern newspaper.

What is the birth year of modern-day print journalism?

The invention of the movable type printing press in the 15th Century gave rise to the printing of newspapers.

What does the golden age of journalism mean?

These are the years between 1940 and 1980 when newspaper owners made good money from the sale of newspapers.

International Snail Papers Day Activities

  1. Read newspapers

    The best way to celebrate this day is by reading newspapers. Buy a subscription today and enjoy the wonderful feeling of reading newspapers.

  2. Appreciate people

    Appreciate the hard work that goes to make newspapers. People in newspaper industries work round the clock to provide us with accurate news.

  3. Spread awareness

    Spread awareness about international snail papers day and why it is important. Explain to them why reading the newspaper should be essential to everyone.

5 Facts About The News

  1. Yahoo News is the most popular source

    Yahoo News gets over 175 million monthly visitors as of August 2020.

  2. People get news from television or online

    According to research, 41% of Americans like getting news from television whereas 37% prefer from online.

  3. U.S.’s oldest continuously published newspaper

    Founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton, the New York Post is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the U.S.

  4. Weather report is the most important news

    About 70% of Americans surveyed the weather report as the important news, while 44% marked crime and 41% traffic.

  5. CNN started the 24-hour news format

    Debuted in 1980, CNN pioneered the 24-hour news format used by so many news organizations today.

Why We Love International Snail Papers Day

  1. It appreciates news

    This day appreciates the evolution of news and how it reaches everyone. News makes sure everyone remains aware of things going around in the world and helps in evolving with the world.

  2. It is dedicated to newspapers

    International snail papers day is dedicated to newspapers. Newspapers are one of the oldest ways to receive news, and they save people from harsh screen time.

  3. It appreciates the hard work of people

    This day appreciates the hard work of people working in the newspaper industry. It appreciates the tireless work of people who give us the news every day.

International Snail Papers Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 7Friday
2024April 7Sunday
2025April 7Monday
2026April 7Tuesday
2027April 7Wednesday

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