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W. T. Stead & the Daily Paper

A dream of some twenty-five years, Stead's Daily Paper began its short life in October, 1893. It was a radical concept in that it was to be funded by its own subscribers by way of a debenture system. In this way, wrote Stead, the Daily Paper would have "the advantage which comes from enlisting the pecuniary interest of a large number of shareholders." However, not even Stead's devoted readers went for the scheme and the first incarnation of the Daily Paper never made it past one sample issue that appeared as a supplement to the Review of Reviews. More sermonistic than journalistic, items such as "Saint of the Day", "In Place of Morning Service" and "Wanted, an English Bible" set the religious tone for the new daily, while "Lady Brooke: a Telepathic Interview" played to Stead's increasing preoccupation with spiritualism. Unperturbed by the failure of this early attempt, Stead relaunched the Daily Paper in 1904 to considerable fanfare and expense. This second incarnation was aimed at domestic readers, particularly women, so much so that Stead omitted items concerning business and financial matters and set delivery for mid-morning to avoid competition with other morning dailies. By now, however, Stead had been out of daily journalism for too long. Once the king of "New Journalism", he had long since been overtaken by new innovators such as Alfred Harmsworth (later Lord Northcliffe), whose newspaper revolution was profoundly changing daily journalism. The collapse of the second Daily Paper, within weeks of its launch, took Stead to the brink of ruin and resulted in his nervous breakdown and near bankruptcy. He would never enter the world of daily journalism again.

© Owen Mulpetre 2012

Political

Home Rule Next Session (Oct. 4, 1893)

Crime, Social & Religious

Wanted, an English Bible (Oct. 4, 1893)
The Homily for the Day (Oct. 4, 1893)

About this website

I founded this website in 2001 to assist me in my own research on W.T. Stead, little knowing then that it would become the largest online resource on Stead's life and career. Today this site is used by students, scholars and institutions around the world and has significantly contributed to the Study of W.T. Stead and the evils which he campaigned against. I hope you find it useful.

If you have a question that explicitly concerns any of the content on this website, feel free to Contact me and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience. However, please note that I no longer work in academia. With a very "busy" business to run, the time I can spare responding to enquiries through this website is finite, to say the least. So, please do not ask me to do research for you or assist in matters of family history.

Finally, though this website includes a section on Stead's obsession with spiritualism, I myself am not remotely interested in the subject. So, if you think you have seen Stead's ghost in your kitchen or believe you are the reincarnation of the great editor himself (or anyone else who died on the Titanic), I beg you not to tell me about it..

Please support this website

As a subscription-free resource, this website depends on donations to help with the cost of development, hosting and historical research. Please consider making a contribution to help me preserve this valuable resource for future researchers. All donations are very gratefully received.

Owen Mulpetre, BA (Hons) MPhil

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