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6 pennies vs. 1

Posted by: | November 20, 2012 | No Comment |

The American press underwent big changes during the 1830s that led to the establishment of the mother of sensationalism, the penny press. Unlike their six-cent predecessors, these papers sold for merely a penny. The New York Sun became the first penny paper and soon had largest circulation of any paper in the city. News was […]

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Seat for sale

Posted by: | November 12, 2012 | No Comment |

Last Tuesday, Americans voted to keep President Obama in office. Voters turned out in historic numbers to re-elect the incumbent and add democratic seats to the Senate. Though Republicans maintain the majority in the House, this election was clearly a democratic victory. 20 female Democrats, one openly gay, will serve in the 113th Congress. Our extremely diverse […]

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Tax the pacs

Posted by: | November 5, 2012 | No Comment |

Election day is looming and the political ads are virtually inescapable. Political advertising used to cover our yards and mailboxes but now they’re plastered across our television sets and smart phones. The rapid developments of new technologies have led political advertisements to infiltrate every imaginable media platform. These political advertisements aren’t cheap, which is why […]

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Donald Trump recently released a public address in which he asked for Obama’s education records in exchange for a $5 million dollar charitable donation. Can we really say we’re surprised? Donald Trump has yet again slithered himself into our countries’ political discourse. At one point last year he even flirted with the idea of running […]

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Four Americans are dead after a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attack was rumored to be a violent response to an anti-Muslim film put together by U.S. resident, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Recently, evidence has surfaced saying otherwise. International protests continue and the Organization of Islamic Corporation has asked the […]

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We live in a culture where the latest episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” pulls in more ratings than the Republican National Convention during  the 2012 presidential election. The latest TLC phenomenon, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” is a prime example of how sensationalized news is undermining the foundation of ethical journalism. “Here Comes Honey […]

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Sensationalism in America

Posted by: | September 25, 2012 | 1 Comment |

Sensationalism in the United States began with the creation of The Penny Press. Like the name suggests, penny press papers cost one penny per paper. This made news accessible to the lower class for the first time. It didn’t take long for journalists to realize that this new “penny-audience” was not interested in the same kind […]

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Early French salons served as a major channel of communication among the European elite. Intellectuals attended these meetings and had discussions on a broad range of topics including politics, art, and religion. These meetings were a way for aristocratic members of society to acquire their news. Salons were a newspaper, journal, literary society, and university all in one. It comes as […]

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No news is bad news

Posted by: | September 11, 2012 | No Comment |

The wait for urgent news causes universal anxiety. Once the anticipation has become too much to bear, we reassure ourselves with a universal anecdote; “no news is good news.”  Is no news really good news? The effect of censorship on news during the French Revolution tells us otherwise. News publications during the French Revolution needed […]

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