The news is not new Humans have always wanted to know, what is happening in the world. Before newspapers and a long time before television, people wanted to hear information about events and other people. They wanted to hear local news as well as reports from places far away. A long time ago, information traveled by word of mouth. Villagers asked travelers questions about what was happening in other villages. Men known as town criers shouted out news from the town square, and everyone gathered to listen. This human appetite for news has not changed; however, how people learn about the news has changed dramatically.