Prepared Speech - James L. Baughman's piece "Wounded but...

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James L. Baughman’s piece “Wounded but Not Slain” documents the evolution of the American newspaper from the 1930’s until about 2005, as well as provides evidence for why these changes occurred. Newspaper circulation had remained relatively constant from about 1920 to 1950. After World War 2, most Americans received their news from newspapers, as reading them was part of the daily routine. The actual layout of the newspaper remained virtually the same during this time period—rigid columns that packed text onto a page. An emphasis was placed on local news stories, with profit deriving from advertisements, as well as newspaper sales. Little diversity was promoted within the industry—African Americans were rarely reported on by highly circulated newspapers, which in turn led to the creation of separate African American weekly papers. “Newsrooms” were dominated by white males, often without college degrees, and filled with tobacco smoke and typewriters. However, in the 1950’s and 60’s, many of the quintessential
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course JOURNALISM 201 taught by Professor Chriswells during the Spring '12 term at Wisconsin.

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