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Archive for September 13, 2011

The Terrorists could black out cities. They could launch nuclear missiles in their silos! They could…shut down Facebook? In recent months Americans have been seeing this story develop on national news shows in the thirty to forty five second increments the major networks give to the short frill pieces that we all seem to care […]

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Calling the game

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Manager John Schiffner sees me coming from his perch in the dugout and makes sure to put on his hat. His hair is a little disheveled today, and wouldn’t look very good on camera. Ten years ago this scenario would never have played out in the small town of Chatham, Massachusetts. Ten years ago the Cape Cod […]

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The first newspaper

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The Roman empire was one of the most powerful ancient civilizations of all time. They also created the earliest form of a newspaper called the Acta. One might think this newspaper would be filled with great stories like gladiators or crime. Instead it was just a few short selections from the Senate each day. The […]

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Death of a modern-day Gutenberg

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Few people could be considered visionaries of their time. Michael Stern Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, could be seen as one of these rare visionaries. In 1971, it was far fetched to imagine the progression of technology to its current levels. Yet, Michael Hart was able to see the continuous need for books and […]

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Raking up the muck

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In the late 1800’s, mostly cold hard facts were considered for news stories. At the turn of the century however, journalists were beginning to stray from objectivity. Finding the dirt of the story became more important than the where’s and they why’s. The word muckraker was first coined by Theodore Roosevelt, who was president during […]

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Few things are as passionate, dangerous or consequential as a population’s will to overthrow its government. Even today, people are exercising their rights to speak up against oppressors by way of assembly through mass media. After all, what could go wrong with a little power of the press? In fact, history has also shown us that […]

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Undercover women writers

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  Due to various social, legal and stereotypical climates, women writers have historically written under pen names.  Listed are some distinguished women writers who, for various reasons, wrote undercover or attempted to deceive their audience.   Keep in the mind the question, why are women in the 21st century still writing under pseudonyms?   Credit: […]

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Evolution of the penny press

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It’s almost hard to believe The New York Times was founded as a penny paper in 1851. But then again, it’s not surprising. Of course a newspaper of such prestige was a part of the revolutionary penny press era. The penny press made significant contributions to the newspaper industry. While the penny press is known […]

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