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In our last blog entry, we discussed how technological advancements like the printing press and steam engine (see below) have helped spread information and the news to the public-at-large.   In this entry, we will continue to discuss how technology has helped shape the spread of information and the news. Source: http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/apps/eLearning/medium_image.jsp?imageid=1311 Like the printing press and the steam […]

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A history of aggregation

Posted by: | October 22, 2009 | No Comment |

When Julius Caesar first made government records public, audiences other than wealthy elites and government officials finally had access to Roman news. With the access, came the urge to tell. With this mindset, pen and paper, aggregation was born. Early aggregators copied the posted news by hand and then sent them in “packets” to whoever […]

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Political Reporting

Posted by: | October 22, 2009 | No Comment |

Political reporting has always greatly altered the way people feel about critical topics. From the days when one journalist would follow Presidential candidates everywhere they went, to the first televised Presidential debates in 196o, reporting on politics has always served a pivotal purpose: to enlighten. Today, all of the major cable networks spend the majority of […]

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For those of you who experienced the Newseum in Washington, D.C., you know about the newspapers in the front of the building.  As soon as you reach the Newseum, the front cover of different newspapers from across the country are on display. The point of the museum doing this is to show how each paper […]

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On April 24, 1704, the “Boston News-Letter” made made its debut as the first continually published newspaper in North America. It was a one page sheet printed front and back and issued weekly. A local bookseller and postmaster named John Campbell was the first publisher. The paper originally contained news mostly on Brittish news and […]

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The difference making The Roman Empire better than all those who came before it, was how news travelled.  The Roman Empire through the use of the acta, started the idea of newspapers and was able to remain a strong empire for nearly 1000 years.  The Acta had been around for nearly one hundred years before Julius Caesar came to rule.  Julius Caesar […]

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John Stuart Mill, one of the greatest advocates for freedom of speech and author of “On Liberty,” would disagree with objectivity in the news – he would advocate op-ed pieces and blogging. Mill, who wrote “On Liberty” in 1859, like journalists, was concerned with finding the truth.  Mill, however, believed that conflicting opinions “shared the […]

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Inspiration for sensation(alism)

Posted by: | October 21, 2009 | No Comment |

Journalists and Historians alike often attribute the rise of sensationalism to the war between Hearst and Pulitzer. For it was during this time in the late19th to early 20th centuries that newspaper editors were looking for ways to sell more papers. The story is classic: the elder Joseph Pulitzer makes something of himself by building the St. […]

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Objectivity: Then and Now

Posted by: | October 21, 2009 | No Comment |

Over the past century or so, objectivity has seen many distinctions due to the growth of technology and the increasingly demand of news across the world. This has led to major differences between objectivity in the early 20th Century to today. According to Michael Schudson, objectivity means that a person’s statements about the world can […]

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The art of conversation

Posted by: | October 21, 2009 | No Comment |

It is no secret that as technology grows the importance of the spoken word declines.  Information that used to be exclusive to town criers can now be found in forms such as newspapers, magazines, and most recently, the internet. As the internet evolves, we are no longer simply faced with countless websites but blogs, twitter […]

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A forgotten titanic tragedy

Posted by: | October 19, 2009 | No Comment |

Two notable shipwrecks took place in the 1910s, both of them in the Western Hemisphere. Two, the Titanic and the Lusitania, are embedded in folklore. The third, Empress of Ireland, is the deadliest maritime disaster in Canadian history but is largely forgotten. The Empress of Ireland was built in 1906 by the Fairfield Shipbuilding Engineering […]

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Travel Writing

Posted by: | October 14, 2009 | No Comment |

Travel writing became popular in the early 20th century, although it has been around in some form since the invention of writing. It is a type of feature writing that often involves humor, personal views, and vivid descriptions. As a travel writer, you are able to express your views on places all around the world. […]

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