Yellow Journalism: Crazy headlines over facts

Yellow journalism is a style of reporting in which sensationalism is emphasized over facts. Much of its history leads back to being the cause of the rise of much international conflict, especially in the war of Cuba and the sinking of the U.S. battleship the Maine. Today, yellow journalism is used a lot to attract attention […]

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When there are errors on the cover.

That’s awkward. In 2000 the New York Times issued a correction on something that they had been doing wrong for over 100 years. The issue number n the paper was 500 editions too early. This mistake seems like something the paper can laugh about but other times, mistakes are no laughing matter. Sometimes a small […]

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Martin Luther and the 95 theses

When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg he likely had no idea how this action would change the world. As the video below shows, his initial action set off a chain of events that would change the world. That being said, what Martin Luther did […]

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Japanese Contribution: The ‘Kawaraban’

The Kawaraban emerged during the Edo period of Japan (1603-1867). This was a time in which Japan was in a period of peace, political stability under military dictatorship (shogunate), and economic growth. Though this sounds like it was already a great and smooth sailing time for Japan, being under the dictatorship of the shogunate had […]

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The evolution of distribution

As distribution systems have evolved over the last few centuries, journalism has been forced to evolve as well. Over time the shift in these systems have had both positive and negative effects on journalism over time. Distribution systems have always had an impact on journalism. In the early days of the printing press, before movable […]

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Velocity and Journalism: A complicated relationship

Looking into the history of journalism we can see as early as 3500 B.C. that velocity was important to news as the Chinese domestication of the horse was used to increase the speed of news. Today with the rise of the Internet and other instant communication technologies, velocity has increased dramatically for both better and […]

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The importance of circulation

Circulation has always been a critical part of the business of journalism as well as the practical reason for producing journalism in the first place. We can see examples of this throughout the history of journalism as well as today. When the first mass media outlets in the form of printers who owned printing presses […]

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Correspondent : Melissa Harris-Perry

In 2012, people were excited about a new voice coming to cable TV – Melissa Harris-Perry. The MHP intrigue lies in the fact that she’s more than a personality. She wasn’t groomed for TV, but for academia teaching at top Universities like Princeton,University of Chicago, Tulane and most recently, Wake Forest.A tenured professor, and African-American host, […]

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Journalism isn’t dying

(The Gutenberg Parenthesis) – its an idea that everything after Gutenberg and the printing press was an interruption to the ‘original’ form of communication, word-of-mouth. In Megan Garber’s blog post ‘ The Gutenberg Parenthesis: Thomas Pettitt on parallels between the pre-print era and our own Internet age’ she quotes Thomas Pettitt, a professor at the […]

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Roman contributions to journalism: the gossip column

In today’s world saturated by media, we can hardly go anywhere without encountering some form of journalism. If you go to a Starbucks you will undoubtedly find copies of the Washington Post and New York Times. If you go to a grocery store, as you check out you will see hundreds of magazines clamoring for […]

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