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http://www.biography.com/people/martha-gellhorn-20903335 Martha Ellis Gellhorn (1908-1998) was an American novelist and journalist. She was considered to be one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. She reported on virtually every major world conflict that took place during her 60-year career.  Gellhorn attended Bryn Mar College in Philidelphia but dropped out in 1927 to pursue […]

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David Graham Phillips was a prominent muckraking journalist and novelist in the late 19th and early 20th century. Following the success of his first novel, The Great God Success, he was able to continue his career in fiction writing and begin work as a free lance journalist. Throughout this portion of his career, Phillips built a […]

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New era of journalists

Posted by: | November 11, 2014 | No Comment |

“The growing professionalism of the press and newspapermen in news coverage and the quality of writing (featuring talented writers). Writers were professionals and worked and live by their pens fulltime.” Journalists living by their pens is certainly an image that has faded with time. Now, it is more like journalists live by their smartphones, waiting […]

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Thirst for crime

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  The murder of Helen Jewett in 1836 gave way to a template for crime reporting which endures to the present day. And the gruesome crime would have been forgotten if it wasn’t for the evolution of American newspapers.   At the time, most newspapers thrived on information that consisted of stories about commerce and […]

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Broadsides of the 17th Century

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A broadside was one of the first forms of widespread printed news. Broadsides are basically one-page sheets of news that often also contained some sort of picture or illustration to depict the message of the article. Most broadsides were set up so that the top part was a “woodcut or copper engraving” of an important, often historical, […]

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Look how far we’ve come

Posted by: | November 11, 2014 | No Comment |

Feminism has earned a bad rep over the years, and sensationalism in advertising has not helped. Although we would like to believe that we have achieved gender equality, our past and our present prove otherwise. Look at this 1950s ad. Clearly the focal point is not the projector. “Far from natural looking, [her breasts] jut […]

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One antiquated hand washes the other. The only place I ever see people read magazines or newspapers is in airports.– Dylan French, founder of Nobody.com At the risk of sounding trite, everything suddenly clicked. This quote is a summation of the future. There will come a time when yearning for the “old days” of  journalism […]

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A history of the woman’s magazine

Posted by: | November 10, 2014 | No Comment |

Long before America was declared an independent country, the first magazines were being published.  From these beginnings, they largely covered the following topics: commerce, politics, manners, society, and women. Why did magazines discuss women so much? Articles about women were largely published because in both the pre and post decades of revolutionary America, where were […]

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The Fall of Constantinople

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On Tuesday, May 29th 1453, after a seven-week siege, the city of Constantinople, then under the jurisdiction of the Byzantine Empire, fell to Ottoman forces commanded by 21-year old Ottoman Sultan Mehmed. Mehmend defeated the army of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos who was 28 years his senior. The city’s fall marked the end […]

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  We live in a media-controllled world and it is hitting us the hardest where it hurts. The truth is, mass media provides a significantly influential context for people to learn about body ideals and the value placed on being attractive. Here are some statistics: American children participate in growing amounts of media usage, a […]

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Word of mouth marketing

Posted by: | November 9, 2014 | No Comment |

Word of mouth marketing has existed since people could communicate with each other. But today, word of mouth marketing is very different from what it was centuries ago. Then, Ancient Romans used to chat about the latest new wine, and today, consumers share their new products through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Word of mouth has […]

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Corporations like Verizon and Pepsi Co. are creating their own news sites to promote their agendas and are using trendy site names like SugarString and GreenLabel to make the outlets seem like alternative online news sources. Both companies have contracted popular magazine called Complex Media to create and run the sites for them. The sites […]

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