Charles Dickens, novelist, journalist, and top court reporter

Although he is best known for novels such as Oliver TwistA Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens was also a journalist and responsible for the launch of several newspapers. According to an article posted Jan. 21 by Poynter, by his early twenties Dickens was already considered the best Parliamentary reporter in England. Poynter is published by The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism education.

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