Do you have any information about a British journalist named William Thomas Stead?I am doing a project on him and I cannot use wikipedia or encyclopedia references and I am having a hard time...

Do you have any information about a British journalist named William Thomas Stead?

I am doing a project on him and I cannot use wikipedia or encyclopedia references and I am having a hard time finding out anything about him. If you know anything that can help it would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your time

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Sir William Thomas Stead can be found easily in many other sources such as encyclopedia Britannica, and other sources.He is easier found as WT Stead, journalist.

He was actually quite famous. He is the father of investigative journalism and a reformer in the field of journalism, which was going down in quality in the UK in favor of the yellow press and sensationalism. This is a big deal to say because in the 21st century we hold a huge esteem on investigative reporting.He also was the editor of a very important British Magazine called the Pall Mall Gazette. He founded the Review of Reviews, which is a publication dedicated to observing society through investigation rather than from your opinions.

He basically made journalism serious again, and not biased. Well, at least HE tried.

I am going to invite you to go online and do a search on the newspaper scandals in the Victorian era, when he grew up. You will see sooo much cattiness and labeling that it is NO WONDER why he instilled in journalism a sense of investigation rather than subjective opinion.

He died in 1912...in the TITANIC!

So, basically what you have is a story of a man who changed the fourth power and made it legit, and serious. And, he opened the floodgates to many countries to do the same.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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William Thomas Stead (1849-1912), was a British journalist and editor. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of modern journalism practices.  He helped to create newspapers that were easy to read and had popular appeal.

He was editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, a London evening paper, from 1883 to 1889.  In 1885, he published an exposure of vice that helped to change vice laws.  But, during his campaign, he broke the law and was jailed for three months.

Stead had a great influence in making journalism a tool for social change, and for supporting worthy public causes. Through the medium of the monthly journal Review of Reviews, which he founded in 1890, he crusaded for diverse causes such as  as British-Russian friendship, stopping child prostitution, the reform of England's criminal codes, and the maintenance of international peace. He adopted a very bold approach in investigating and establishing the truth of his writings. This sometimes led to problems for him. He was even jailed for three months, for actions he took to establish the minor girls were being sold and purchased for prostitution.

Stead also founded a newspaper in 1904, but it failed, and he narrowly avoided bankruptcy.

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