Enlightenment News is a research project which springs from the mass digitization of newspapers and periodical publications from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The project explores how this archival development is changing our thinking about the history of news, and it interrogates how access to a huge archive of material – in a machine-readable format – is producing original knowledge and innovative practices within literary, cultural and media history.

The project is run by a team of researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. It builds on a longstanding culture of research within eighteenth-century studies at this university.

Enlightenment News was launched in 2014 and is currently funded until 2017. It brings together researchers of news history from around the world and provides a framework for doctoral and post-doctoral projects, as well as the work of senior scholars concerned with news mediation and digital archives. The project embraces inquiries into specific aspects of news history as well as Big Data investigations, and it encourages both traditional publication and innovative approaches to the presentation of research results.