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Changing American Journalism
Material property of the Arkansas Department of Education Distance Learning Center. It may be used for educational, non-profit use only after contacting the DLC at http://dlc.k12.ar.us ER
He was always being jailed for these stories. Finally, he was able to get a printing license so the paper could continue.
He hired his 12-year-old brother, Ben, as an apprentice. Ben wasn’t paid for his position, but he was trained in printing.
James did all the writing and Ben did all the printing.
Ben wrote the column anyway and signed it with a pen name, “Silence Dogood.”Without knowing it was Ben, James began publishing the Silence Dogood column, which made fun of local people.It became one of the most popular parts of the Courant.
Although he was angry, he couldn’t stop running the column because the readers liked it so well.
This time, he couldn’t operate the newspaper from the jail or even write stories for publication.
He had Ben do all of the writing and publishing for the months James was in jail.
He made Ben the printer of the Courant, got him a license, and went right back to writing his stories.
He left Boston at age 17 and went to Philadelphia, where he ran the Pennsylvania Gazette.
This became one of the most popular newspapers in the Colonies.
Franklin was a good journalist and a great businessman.
While most printers didn’t make much money from their newspapers, Franklin became rich from the Gazette.
This cartoon represents the United Colonies during the French – Indian War.
Thomas Jefferson supposed stated that the only reason Franklin didn't write the entire Declaration of Independence was because he would include too many jokes.