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During the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther became widely known as one of the most powerful and forceful leaders in the 16th century. Within the PBS film, “Martin Luther: The Reluctant Revolutionary,” the plot captures the journey of a man that truly changed the course of history. Throughout this time, the Catholic Church was recognized as […]

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Martin Luther was a prominent and significant figure of the Protestant Reformation. After feeling a sense of cynicism and hypocrisy within the church he held dear, he began questioning the teachings of the church and later fought to change them. While historic documentaries usually prove to bore me, after watching the documentary on Luther I […]

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Flugschriften first appeared in the 16th century. These were published news in the form of short pamphlets. Flugschriften, which means “pamphlets” in German, came about at the time of the reformation. Many of them focused their writing around the propoganda of the Reformation movement, the Thirty Years War, the French Revolution and the Peasant’s War. […]

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“What emerges from the 16th century is a reading public ready to invest in printed material from broadsheets to pamphlets to books that went beyond their trade or devotional lives.”   Over the 16th century, the publishing market was refined: news pamphlets recorded local news in addition to foreign sensationalized news, sensations were the stock […]

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When the word “viral” is used today, we tend to think of a popular Youtube video before we think about the kind of infectious contagion that such videos derived this title from.  Most of the time, viral videos are exercises in the extreme, whether it’s an extremely cute dog or an extremely annoying music video, […]

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Death of a modern-day Gutenberg

Posted by: | September 13, 2011 | No Comment |

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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China: Pioneers of Technology

Posted by: | September 15, 2010 | No Comment |

The Chinese inventions of paper and the printing press are often overlooked by the Western World. However, China was the first country to improve on the paper making process and created the first moveable type printing press, without which journalism would not have evolved to where it is today. Stephens cites A.D. 105 as the […]

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Syndication in Newspapers

Posted by: | December 5, 2009 | No Comment |

When the 20th century arrived, Journalism enters the print syndication world.  Print syndication are articles, columns and comics are made available to newspapers, websites, and magazines. Print syndication often reprints  articles and publish them on paper and online with copyright consent. Newspaper companies like the Tribune Company, the New York Times, and The Telegraph Media […]

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In our last blog entry, we discussed how technological advancements like the printing press and steam engine (see below) have helped spread information and the news to the public-at-large.   In this entry, we will continue to discuss how technology has helped shape the spread of information and the news. Source: http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/apps/eLearning/medium_image.jsp?imageid=1311 Like the printing press and the steam […]

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Advancements in technology over the years have helped in the  spread of news.  From Pi Sheng (see picture below) being the first person to use moveable type in 1041 C.E. in China (some 400 years before Johann Gutenburg introduced the printing press to Europe in 1450 C.E.) to the use of blogging by reporters, atheletes, entertainers, and students today (2000’s), technology has opened the […]

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The Printing Press

Posted by: | September 28, 2009 | 1 Comment |

                                              Johannes Gutenberg                                            Printing Press Johannes Gutenberg gets the majority of the credit for inventing the printing press. The German goldsmith built the first printing press in 1440 . It should also be noted, however, that the Chinese played a vital role in the development of this ground-breaking machine. Almost 300 years before Gutenberg […]

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