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While Victorian journalists were drawn from a wide social range, the preponderence of them were formally educated and middle class. In an age where the boundaries between mercantile and aesthetic interests were blurred, journalism was seen as highly specialised work - almost an artform. Indeed, the Victorian period gave us the modern notion of the reporter. While people from earlier eras had written interpretive accounts of daily events for publication, Victorian journalists were the first to try to give unbiased, on-the-spot accounts of current events. Also, with the development of international travel routes and faster printing generally, the gap between an event and its consequent report in a newspaper was getting steadily smaller. While Victorian journalism has often been portrayed as a grubby, man's world (see George Gissing's novel, 'New Grub Street), it was in fact one of the few professions that freely accepted women, although rarely as "roving" reporters.