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Archive for September 10, 2012

Women are a popular topic in the upcoming 2012 election. Looking at the role women have historically played in the media  and the role they are fulfilling today can bring us perspective on how the media can influence public opinion, especially with issues concerning women. The media, especially during election season, can have a huge impact on opinion, […]

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Printing and moveable type

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Moveable type was first used to print by Bi Sheng in China around 1041 A.D. His system of printing was very labor intensive, however. Creating the large ceramic slabs with the details of each character in the Chinese language proved near impossible. Korea tried methods similar to Sheng’s just a few centuries later, but ran […]

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On April 11, 1836, 23-year-old prostitute Ellen Jewett was found brutally murdered in her bed. With a bloody gash in her head, and her body left charred from arson, police arrested clerk Richard P. Robinson. Usually this would be the end of the case, but as most journalists are, James Gordon Bennett was curious wanted […]

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The origins of propaganda

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Persuasive literature and media have been used since the inception of written language.  However, it wasn’t until 1622 A.D. that it was finally given a name: propaganda. It was in this year that Pope Gregory XV created the “Congregatio de Propaganda Fide,”or “The Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith.”  It is unsurprising that the term […]

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Printing On Time to Posting Online

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Since Johannes Gutenberg’s Printing Press—invented around 1436—prints of all kinds have been massively produced. Following this invention, the newspaper was able to spread the news in the form of printed paper. The time in between Gutenberg’s Printing Press and our modern society of blogging, tweeting and online publications has come to be known as the […]

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The beginnings of celebrity news

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Gossip! Gossip! Read all about it! Today we live in a fame obsessed culture where everyone wants to look like the celebrities they read about, or at least enjoy some of the same luxuries that they do. So we purchase magazines like PEOPLE and US Weekly read them religiously and reference celebrity gossip apps and […]

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William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951), dropped out of Harvard in his senior year and took control of one of his father’s business interests: the San Francisco Examiner. Eventually Hearst would go shopping for a paper in New York City, and purchased the New York Journal in 1895. Turn of the century New York was a battlefield […]

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The beginning of baseball reporting

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The earliest sports reports date back to 1470 when the Italians wrote about tournaments.  Books, reports, and writing for America’s pastime did not start until 1837 when Henry Chadwick invented the game. The father of baseball they called him. Chadwick wrote the first rule book along with inventing all the rules himself.  Surprisingly, he never […]

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