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10. History of American Journalism

Posted By 93 Studios On August 19, 2009 @ 7:00 pm In Frontpage,Newspapers | No Comments

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You can’t talk about newspapers without talking about journalism, and you can’t really talk about journalism without reading another really involved “history of journalism” piece. I thought I would make it a little easier for you. First, some highlights from Writesite [2],

“1608: First English reporter in the colonies, Captain John Smith, leader of the Jamestown settlement, publishes his newsletter Newes from Virginia”

1791: First Amendment to the Constitution, protecting freedom of the press and other freedoms, is approved.

1795: Reporters allowed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

1849: Groups of newspapers band together to support a news-gathering service that will supply foreign news by ship and telegraph; the group later becomes the Associated Press (AP)

1900-1925: Political cartoons offer commentary on the news in many newspapers

1960-1990: Investigative reporters uncover information about the activities of the government and other groups and offer interpretations of events and issues, such as organized crime, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and Iran-contra.

To get past the bullets and dig a little deeper, you should turn to Rick Musser’s, History of Journalism [3]. It breaks up the major highlights in U.S. Journalism by decade and digs into the people, places, ideas and events that have driven the profession forward.

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