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Journalism in a Democracy. I. History of American Media Information processing Be fair. Get it right News does not gather itself. Journalism in a Democracy. II. America’s First Newspapers Long Sheets Published “by Authority” . Journalism in a Democracy.

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Journalism in a Democracy

I. History of American Media

  • Information processing

  • Be fair. Get it right

  • News does not gather itself


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Journalism in a Democracy

II. America’s First Newspapers

  • Long Sheets

  • Published “by Authority”


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Journalism in a Democracy

III. Establishment of Freedom of the Press

A. New York Weekly Journal v. Gov. William Cosby


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“The question before the Court and you, Gentlemen of the Jury, is not of small nor private concern nor is it the cause of a poor printer, nor of New York alone. No, it may affect every Freemanto deny the liberty of both exposing and opposing arbitrary power by speaking and writing truth.”

~ANDREW HAMILTON

August Fourth 1735


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Journalism in a Democracy Jury,

Est. Freedom of Press Continued…

B. The Birth of the Nation

1) 37 papers in 1775

2) Partisanship


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First Amendment, Jury, 1791

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


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Journalism in a Democracy Jury,

IV. Nineteenth Century

A. The Penny Press

1) New York Sun, 1833

B. Effects of Telegraph

C. Yellow Journalism


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Joseph Pulitzer Jury, ZWilliam Randolph Hearst


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Journalism in a Democracy Jury,

V. Twentieth Century

A. Muckraking


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Journalism in a Democracy Jury,

V. Twentieth Century

A. Muckraking


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Journalism in a Democracy Jury,

20th Century continued…

B. Minority Media

C. Radio

D. Television

E. Technology

F. Today & Tomorrow


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