In the beginning-ish, when Neanderthals first began drawing animals on the walls of caves, they were in some small measure creating the first works of journalism. They went out of the caves with their clubs, faced a treacherous world, brought home dinner, created fire and returned to their caves to report their findings to those unfortunate members of their tribe who could not for various unexplained reasons venture out that day.
Not only did these crude drawings on cave walls inform those closest to them of the events of the day, these illustrations became the literal first draft of history and informed archaeologists and historians of the very events our early ancestors reported on 400,000 years prior.
While it is entirely possible that modern journalism has evolved by great degrees since those crude cave wall drawings, it is also entirely possible that it hasn’t.
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