EURONEWS: Researching the Birth of News

EURONEWS: Researching the Birth of News

The EURONEWS PROJECT looks at the first regular handwritten news publications from 1550-1700, now preserved in the Florence State Archive and elsewhere, to show how Ireland and the rest of Europe were integrated in a global news network.

Financed by an Advanced Laureate grant provided by the Irish Research Council.

For recent activities, see:


Brendan Dooley (Principal Investigator)

Davide Boerio

Gabor Toth

Carlotta Paltrinieri

Lorenzo Allori allori/

Wouter Kreuze

Sara Mansutti   

Researching the Birth of News

Before modern times, news circulated in the form of weekly or biweekly semi-public manuscript newsletters, a Renaissance invention consisting of usually anonymous sheets, reproduced in multiple copies, which eventually became the basis of the first printed journalism.

To study the phenomenon with a view to re-creating the news environment that shaped early modern times, EURONEWS, in collaboration with the Medici Archive Project, has transcribed a vast number of handwritten newsletters, which we have marked up and coded in XML (see, and which we then formed into various corpora and submitted to multiple forms of analysis.

Selected Outputs

B. Dooley, D. Boerio, “Hot News! The Florentine Resident Reports on the Great Fire of London,” Parliamentary History (2022): 62-82.

W. Kreuz, “Temporal Philology. Reconstructing Patterns of Avvisi Creation and Distribution With Travel Times,” Magazén. International Journal for Digital and Public Humanities (2022): 11-38.

"The Exciting News of Ostend (1601-04): How Florentines Seized the Siege,"

Recent Activities

Seminar to discuss A.M. Blair et al., eds., Information:A Historical Companion.  Speakers:  Ann Blair (Harvard) Will Slauter (Sorbonne) Paul Dover (Kennesaw State University) Andrea Di Carlo (University College Cork) Brendan Dooley (UCC and Euronews) Davide Boerio (UCC and Euronews) Gabor Toth (UCC and Euronews) Sara Mansutti (UCC and Euronews) Wouter Kreuze (UCC and Euronews) Jocelyn Karlan (Harvard Berenson Library and UCC).



Mario Infelise, Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia
Brendan Dooley, Euronews Project, University College Cork
Davide Boerio, Euronews Project, University College Cork
Don Vincenzo Catani , storico e archivista

Seminar entitled “War and Culture: Presenting Early Modern Warfare,” (in connection with the EURONEWS online exhibition on "Ostend:  How Florentines Seized the Siege") speakers:  Team; and also Dr Anke Fischer-Kattner (Universität der Bundeswehr München) Dr Nina Lamal (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences - NL-Lab and Huygens ING) Dr Raymond Fagel (Leiden University) Dr Regine Maritz (University of Bern) Prof Judith Pollmann (Leiden University) Dr Amy Lidster (Jesus College, Oxford) Prof Penny Roberts (University of Warwick) Dr Michael Depreter (Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford).

Contact Details

Prof. Brendan Dooley

Digital Humanities

Daonnachtaí Digiteacha

Room 2.22, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland