Day 3: Newspaper Lesson

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November 14, 2008

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ν HUNGRY, FRANTIC FLAMES. They Leap Madly Uponthe Splendid Pleasure Palace by the Bay of Monterey,Encircling Del Monte in Their Ravenous Embrace FromPinnacle to Foundation. Leaping Higher, Higher, Higher,With Desperate Desire. Running Madly RiotousThrough Cornice, Archway and Facade. Rushing inUpon the Trembling Guests with Savage Fury. Appalledand Panic-Striken the Breathless Fugitives Gaze Uponthe Scene of Terror. The Magnificent Hotel and Its RichAdornments Now a Smoldering Heap of Ashes. The"Examiner" Sends a Special Train to Monterey toGather Full Details of the Terrible Disaster. Arrival of theUnfortunate Victims on the Morning's Train—A Historyof Hotel del Monte—The Plans for Rebuilding theCelebrated Hostelry—Particulars and Supposed Originof the Fire.

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The First Mass Mediumν Renaissance Europe

ν Johannes Gutenberg, 1439ν Printing pressν Handwritten newsletters

ν First English newspaperν London Gazette of 1666

ν First newspaper in the coloniesν Publick Occurences Both Foreign and Domestick

in 1690

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The Revolutionary Warν Propaganda

ν Keep colonists informed and focused on thegoal of breaking away from England

ν Other newspapers tried to keep the coloniesloyal

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Early Problemsν Expensive to createν Low literacy rateν Propagandaν No freedom of the press

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Technology Improvementsν Better printing pressesν Cheaper ink/paperν Better photography

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The Civil Warν First time reporters traveled with armiesν Sent back detailed reports of battles and

movementsν Some tension with Generals

ν Why?

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Yellow Journalismν Journalism that downplays legitimate

news in favor of eye-catching headlinesthat sell more papers

ν Pulitzer vs. Hearstν New York - “Gilded Age”ν Exaggerations of Spanish cruelty in Cuba

ν Hard to say how much influence they actuallyhad in starting the war

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Muckrakersν Investigative reports who exposed

societal issuesν Slums, prisons, factories, insane asylums,

sweatshops, mines, child labor and foodprocessing plants

ν Upton Sinclair, The Jungleν Ralph Nader, Unsafe At Any Speed

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Modern Newspapers--Paper Raid Activity--

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Discussion Questionsν What types of stories did your newspaper

primarily cover?ν What sort of bias does your newspaper

have? (does not have to be political)