The first daily newspaper printed in Britain was created by a woman named Elizabeth Mallet in 1702. She printed from Black Horse Alley (described by some contemporaries as “ordinary and nastily kept”) near the Fleet Bridge in London. Her publication was named The Daily Courant.
Mallet had been printing for 19 years prior to this. Before beginning The Daily Courant, she used to print the final testimonies of executed criminals amongst other things.
One of the most stark pieces of information printed in the newspaper was in a piece Mallet wrote on good journalistic practice. She writes “(This newspaper) will relate only Matters of Fact; supposing that others have sense enough to make Reflections for themselves.” How’s that for a 300 year old jab at the kind of fake news peddled by such rags as The Daily Mail, The Sun and Breitbart, eh?