History of newspapers in america. Helping a democratic nation make historic decisions. America’s first newspapers. Small, one-sheet wonders Letters, essays, and material borrowed from whatever source the editor could find. Sometimes had space for public comment.
Helping a democratic nation make historic decisions
Small, one-sheet wonders
Letters, essays, and material borrowed from whatever source the editor could find.
Sometimes had space for public comment.
Passed from reader to reader.
PublickOccurences, at right, was published in 1690 in Boston by Benjamin Harris. After only one issue, the British colonial authorities suppressed it because they didn’t like what Harris printed. Fourteen years later, the first continuously published newspaper, The Boston News-Letter, was edited by John Campbell.
Benjamin Franklin, 1754
By 1775, when the revolution began, 37 newspapers were being published.
Those newspapers generally aligned with the patriots, partly because of their anger over the Stamp Act.
Newspapers backed Revolutionaries and printed the cries to battle that rallied the rebels.
For the next century, papers lined up deliberately with political parties – Whig or Tory.
By the 1930s, most newspapers had the ability to run cartoons, photos and wide headlines.
News became departmentalized
Headlines larger, stacked headlines eliminated.
Era of big-city tabloids, packed with photos and sensational sledgehammer headlines.
More and bigger photos
More refined headline type
Move to 6-column page
Gutter between columns of type instead of rules.
Full color available in the 1980s.
Front page formatting; big stories demand big play; front page menus..