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Matisoff – POL 1101
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Introduction Why is the press important? Watchdog of Government? Shapes public opinion? Reflects public opinion? Are recent press developments good / bad? Development of blogs Fox News “town hall” meetings Are media controlled by advertisers?
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Differences in the press across western countries Media in U.S. has great amount of freedom Libel laws “leaks” to the press Freedom of Information Act Libel laws in GB Official Secrets Act in GB Silvio Berlusconi Public ownership of media
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History of American Journalism The Party Press Federalists “Gazette of the United States” Republicans “National Gazette” Publicly sponsored newspapers “Washington Globe” “National Intelligencer”
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The Popular Press / print journalism 1848 Associated Press began Didn’t have enough space to be partisan or biased; also had to appeal to all newspapers Designed to report facts objectively Democratization of newspapers 1 cent per copy Attraction of readership through editorial system, Joseph Pulitzer William Randolph Hearst
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Opinion Magazines “yellow journalism” & belief in progressive movement (late 1800s to early 1900s) The Nation; Atlantic Monthly; Harper’s Provided means for developing national constituency for
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