From a media perspective, subaltern civic agitation analyzed in the previous chapter was only just beginning to register in indigenous publications. In sharp contrast, the British mainstream press was clamouring for news about all things female. In 1914, looking back on his coverage for The Daily Mail of The Hague Peace Conference in 1899, journalist William Maxwell wrote: ‘I was bombarded for several days with telegrams urging me to “describe the doings of the ladies!”’ He responded that if they wanted this sort of coverage they should send ‘a society reporter’ to replace him. Eventually the editor intervened and instructed Maxwell to continue taking the business seriously. Nevertheless, Maxwell concluded from this episode: ‘The ladies have exercised a subtle and powerful influence on journalism’, although not specifying what kind of influence (1914: 1090).
KeywordsLabour Movement Daily News Liberal Party Press Coverage Daily Mail
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