In 1704, John Campbell, Boston’s postmaster, turned his handwritten newsletter into a printed half-sheet, called it the Boston News-Letter
and founded the first continuously published newspaper in the Colonies.
He soon found a circulation of around 250 eager subscribers. “Royal
proclamations and international news appeared first, followed by news
from other colonies, and finally local news,” writes the journalist Tom
Standage in Writing on the Wall: Social Media—the First 2,000 Years.