3-17-11 - 3/17/11 News Media I. Why is free press...

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3/17/11 News Media I. Why is free press important? a. A means for people to express their opinions b. A means to facilitate debate about policy c. A check on government power II. Elite Newspaper Era (1750-1830) a. Newspapers labor intensive and expensive b. Subscription based – aimed at educated people who can afford a luxury c. Content: announcements, trade prices, speeches and editorials (example Federalist Papers ) d. Political Skills: Ability to write III. Mass Newspapers (1830-1900) a. Print technology becomes cheaper, telegraph b. Advertising revolution => Penny Press c. Increase in literacy, ability to vote, affordable = common person reads papers
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Content: use of reporters, illustrations, cartoons. Coverage of sportsFirst covered: Baseball, Boxing, Horse Racing… all have gambling in common d. , crime and scandals. e. Most papers allied with a political party. Hoaxes I. Professional Journalism Movement a. Reaction against excesses, attempt to establish professional standards
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course POLS 2011 taught by Professor Bruceflower during the Spring '11 term at Kennesaw.

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