Think of how many different ways we get news and information today. The Internet, television, radio, letters, and conversations are just a few ways. In colonial Georgia, people were just as interested in the news as we are today, but they lacked convenient and fast ways of getting it. In fact, the king forbade Georgia colonists to publish a newspaper for the first 30 years of its existence. Instead, people relied on news from traveling visitors, friends, and through letters and newspapers from other places. Finally in 1763, an act of the legislature allowed publication of a newspaper. James Johnson, a printer from Scotland, was named the royal printer and the Georgia Gazette was born.