UNIT 21 NOTES

UNIT 21 NOTES - Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens...

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1 Introduction to Journalism Dr. Fred Blevens Unit 21: WWII: A Radio War Context of the War ± WWII beginnings dated to end of WWI ± Repressive policies inflamed nationalism in Germany ± Japan turns against Soviets, again due to nationalism ± July 1936, Japan partners with Germany ± War breaks out in China in 1937 ± In 1938, Germany invades Austria ± U.S. avoids until Dec. 8, 1941, after Pearl Harbor ± Fighting on four continents; never seen before
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2 Radio War ± Massive, complex story + radio technology ± CBS assembles a remarkable reporting team ± Led by Edward R. Murrow and his “boys” ± All reports were live from Europe ± 1939: About 800 radio correspondents ± From 1939 to 1944, news programs increase from 6 to 18 percent ± 70 percent of Americans rely on radio as primary news source ± 58 percent actually thought radio was more accurate than newspapers ± Radio was big in boosting war bonds ± Kate Smith’s singing show drew $39 million in war bond pledges ± Difference: radio’s pseudo-intimacy ± Kate Smith was talking “personally” to listeners ± Arthur Godfrey wept on-air at FDR’s funeral
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