The Pointman is correct.


The origins of journalism go back a long way. For most of agrarian history, there were individuals who travelled from settlement to settlement, mainly trading goods but part of what they did was bring the news of what was happening in those distant lands twenty or more miles away.

Beyond the news, some of their offering was oral history and a fund of folk stories. If they did it entertainingly enough, they were rewarded with a decent meal, something to drink and a dry place to sleep. If you’ve been in a lively bar and seen people crowded around someone who was good at telling stories, you can see that in some ways, not much has changed. A good one, who could tell a story well and perhaps play an instrument or hold a tune, could survive on that talent alone. The wandering seanchaí of Ireland were probably the last example in Europe…

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