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Nellie Bly

Posted by: | November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment |

Nellie Bly, born in 1864 as Elizabeth Jane Cochran, broke barriers for women journalists in the 19th century. Bly began using her pen name after she responded to a popular column in the Pittsburgh Dispatch entitled “What Girls are Good For” that said the woman belonged in the home doing domestic chores and should not look […]

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Local news is often forgotten in the grand scheme of the media, with so much information available. Local news, however, is an extremely valuable asset, especially during disasters. This was seen during Hurricane Sandy, as those affected by the storm turned to local news stations to learn information important to them. According to the National […]

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The presidential election may be over, but it is still not too late to honor the women journalists who made a difference in the coverage of the 2012 campaign. In September, C-SPAN introduced this video, in which women journalists analyze the 2012 election. The internet is full of posts such as this, ranking the best […]

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Binders full of women

Posted by: | October 22, 2012 | No Comment |

Women are often portrayed as sex objects in the media. Now, women are items that can fit into binders! When asked about what he would do to face pay inequity in the workplace, Mitt Romney responded that while working as governor of Massachusetts, he wanted more women on his cabinet. “And — and so we — […]

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Tonight, Candy Crowley of CNN will host the second presidential debate, joining only a few other women who have been moderators. Crowley is the first female moderator of a presidential debate since 1992, when Carole Simpson was the host. Three High School students from Montclair, New Jersey, recognized the long trend of only male moderators […]

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Local news viewers and bullies

Posted by: | October 8, 2012 | No Comment |

How many people pay attention to local news? According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Internet & American Life Project, 72% of Americans are tuned into what is happening in their communities. According to the study, which was conducted with the John S. and James L. Knight […]

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After hearing Professor Klein mention political pundits in class on Thursday, I thought it would be interesting to write about Rachel Maddow, a popular political pundit who has proved to be influential in the media, especially considering the upcoming presidential election. She holds politicians accountable, like in this video where she criticizes Mitt Romney for lies about […]

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Jane Grey Swisshelm

Posted by: | September 24, 2012 | No Comment |

Born over 100 years before women even received the right to vote, Jane Grey Swisshelm was an influential figure in the 19th century. She worked as an anti-slavery advocate and was a proud supporter of women’s equality. Swisshelm fought for women’s right to own property, leading to the proposal of the Pennsylvania Married Woman’s Property Law. […]

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Chinese inventions: paper and printing

Posted by: | September 17, 2012 | 1 Comment |

Without Chinese contributions to western society, news-printing and the spreading of news may have been delayed by many years. Ts’ ai Lu of the Chinese imperial court invented paper in A.D. 105. Others around this time may have attempted to create paper, but many were using raw silk. Ts’ai Lu was able to find cheaper […]

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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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