“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” - George Orwell, Author of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “Animal Farm”
The first edition of The London Gazette, one of the official journals of record for the British government, was published 354 years ago today. One of the oldest English newspapers still in circulation, the paper began as The Oxford Gazette when it debuted in 1665, featuring statements of public record on behalf of the British government and Royal Family. The London Gazette does not feature conventional news coverage, instead announcing the appointments of public officials, granting of awards, royal proclamations and other declarations. Minus the occasional holiday, The London Gazette is still published each weekday by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, continuing a tradition that has lasted nearly four centuries.