Data journalism may seem like a new form of reporting, but early twentieth century newspapers had a fondness for figures.
The Brighton Herald newspaper of 29 March 1902 published a detailed report on the revenues and passenger numbers of the town’s tramways.
While it noted a drop in returns over the previous three weeks, the writer was confident that revenue would pick up over the Easter period. The author also quoted a ‘correspondent, living in Queen’s Park Road’, who had observed that:
‘…on the South London Tramways a workman can get carried seven miles to his work for a penny.’
Presumably this was a better rate than offered in Brighton.