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Famous Journalists. Newspaper Magnate Horace Greeley. was an American newspaper editor, reformer and politician. His New York Tribune was the most influential newspaper of the period 1840-1870. Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties.

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Newspaper MagnateHorace Greeley

  • was an American newspaper editor, reformer and politician.

  • His New York Tribune was the most influential newspaper of the period 1840-1870.

  • Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties.


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NewspaperMagnateWilliam Randolph Hearst

  • In 1887 he took over management of a newspaper which his father had accepted as payment of a gambling debt - The San Francisco Examiner

  • He acquired the best equipment and the most talented writers of the time. Within a few years, his paper dominated the San Francisco market.

  • In 1895, Hearst bought the failing New York Morning Journal, hiring writers like Stephen Crane and Julian Hawthorne and entering into a head-to-head circulation war with his former mentor, Joseph Pulitzer, owner of the New York World, from whom he 'stole' Richard F. Outcault, the inventor of color comics.


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NewspaperMagnateJoseph Pulitzer

  • was an American publisher best known for establishing the Pulitzer Prizes and (along with William Randolph Hearst) for originating yellow journalism

  • purchased the New York World, a newspaper that had been losing $40,000 a year

  • Pulitzer shifted its focus to human-interest stories, scandal, and sensationalism.


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Nellie BlyInvestigative Reporter

  • 1900’s

  • An early investigative journalist

  • She pioneered undercover reporting.


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Ida TarbelInvestigative Journalist

  • was an author and journalist

  • her famous description of the immoral business practices of the Standard Oil Company established her as a pioneer of investigative journalism


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Bob WoodwardInvestigative Reporter

  • helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation

  • Historical journalistic partnership with Carl Bernstein

  • Worked as a reporter for The Washington Post.


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Richard OutcaultCartoonist

  • During late 1800’s

  • Outcault was the creator of the series The Yellow Kid.

  • He is considered the inventor of the modern comic strip.


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Walt DisneyAnimator (Cartoonist)

  • was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator.

  • He and his staff created a number of the world's most popular animated properties, including the one many consider Disney's alter ego, Mickey Mouse.


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E.B. WhiteCreated THE Style Guide

  • was an American essayist, author, and noted prose stylist

  • He is most famous today for a writers' style guide, The Elements of Style

  • He also wrote Charlotte’s Web


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Howard CosellBroadcast Journalist

  • 1960’s

  • was a well-known and influential sports journalist on American television

  • His abrasive personality and tendency to speak his mind made him, according to one poll, both the most-liked and most-hated television reporter in the country.


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Barbara Walters Broadcast Journalist

  • Barbara Walters was host of '20/20' and 'The View.'

  • Walters stepped down to focus on her 'Barbara Walters Specials.'


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Peter Jennings Broadcast Journalist

  • was a Canadian-American lead news anchor for the ABC network from the 1980s to the 2000s.

  • He had anchored ABC World News Tonight since 1978 and was the sole anchor from 1983 through April 2005.


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Katie Couric Broadcast Correspondent

  • In 1990, she joined Today as national correspondent, becoming a co-host in February 1991

  • In 1992, she began working as a collaborator at Dateline NBC, where her reports appear regularly.


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Walter Cronkite Broadcast Journalist

  • is an American journalist, best known for his work as a television news anchorman.

  • During his tenure at CBS Evening News he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America," due to his experienced background and professional demeanor.


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David Brinkley Broadcast Journalist

  • was an American television newscaster for NBC and, later, ABC

  • From 1956 through 1970 he co-anchored NBC's nightly news program The Huntley–Brinkley Report with Chet Huntley.


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Dan Rather Broadcast Journalist

  • Rather is an American journalist, who served as anchor of the CBS Evening News from March 9, 1981, until March 9, 2005.


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Tom Brokaw Broadcast Journalist

  • is a television journalist and the former NBC News anchorman and managing editor of the program NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.


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War CorrespondentMartha Gellhorn

  • was an American novelist and journalist considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.


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Charles KuraltColumnist

  • He produced the regular "On the Road" human-interest segment for the CBS Evening News


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Jack Anderson Columnist

  • was an American newspaper columnist and is considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism

  • won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his investigation on secret American policy decision-making between the United States and Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.


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Maureen DowdColumnist

  • is a columnist for The New York Times and an author.

  • She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for her series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.


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Scandals in JournalismUnethical Reporting

Remember the ethics of journalism:

Seek the truth.


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Janet Cooke (scandal)

  • Janet Cooke was a reporter for the Washington Post during the early 1980s.

  • In 1980 her story, "Jimmy's World", about an 8 year old heroin addict, sparked a frenzied 17-day scouring of Washington, D.C. in search of child addicts: none was found.

  • The article won a 1981 Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

  • Shortly afterward, Cooke confessed that "Jimmy" was a fabrication, claiming that he was a composite of several child addicts, and returned the prize.

  • She also admitted to having padded her resume and resigned from the Post.


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NBC Dateline (1992) scandal

  • In a November 1992 segment on its Dateline news program called "Waiting to Explode", NBC showed a General Motors truck exploding after a low-speed side collision with another car.

  • The explosion, though, was actually generated by hidden remote-controlled incendiary devices. GM sued and eventually won a settlement.


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Stephen Glass (1998)scandal

  • Stephen Glass was a reporter and associate editor for The New Republic magazine during the late 1990s.

  • On May 8, 1998, Forbes Magazine presented The New Republic with evidence that Glass completely fabricated the story "Hack Heaven", an article about a 15-year-old computer hacker who breaks into a large company's computer system and is then offered a job by the company.

  • Glass was fired, and an internal investigation determined that 27 of 41 articles he had written for the magazine contained fabricated material.


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Mike Barnicle (scandal)

  • Mike Barnicle was a long-time journalist for the Boston Globe who was removed from his position.

  • Barnicle was accused of violating several rules of reporting, but was removed from the Globe when it was discovered he fabricated quotes from parents of a sick child.


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