From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Although common today, illustrated newspapers were not introduced until the 1840s. When it was first published in 1842, The Illustrated London News was the first to add engravings of current events to their publication. Early French equivalents included Le Charivari. The illustrated newspaper was of importance in the development of visual culture and the impressionists.
History: with the advent of cheap paper, the illustrated newspaper was introduced in the 1840s. It was the television of its age, creating an impact by adding visuals to the news, using artist-engravers as illustrator-writers, an early version of correspondents.
Before the advent of photography, engraving used to reproduce other forms of art, for example paintings. Engravings continued to be common in newspapers and many books into the early 20th century, as they were long cheaper to mass reproduce than photo images. Engraving has also always been used as a method of original artistic expression.