Newspapers - January 29, 2008 Newspapers History of...

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January 29, 2008 Newspapers History of Newspapers • Acta Diurna (Actions of the Day) - Rome (around Caesar era) • Colonial Newspaper Beginnings - "broadsides" • "Publick Occurences both Foreign and Domestic" (first newspaper) • "Boston News-Letter" (first surviving paper) • "The New York Weekly Journal," in competition with the "New York Gazette" - John Peter Zenger - Thrown in jail, sedition - promote disaffection with the government - Libel - deliberately making public untruths about someone • Colonial Papers - Limited - Technology - Literacy - Target Demographic Issues - Expensive The Rise in Newspapers • 1830 - New Technology Introduced • Penny Press became popular • "The New York Sun" ("It shines for all" - Benjamin Day) - First "reporters" - court, human interest, accidents, moon hoax - Moon Hoax - ran for three weeks, caused a huge commotion (Yale Professors, subscribers) • Civil War begins - Information transferred by wired telegraph
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