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History of American Journalism during the 1900s. By Jasmine Rhinehart MEDA 301. Who was Lincoln Steffens?. He was born on April 6, 1866 in San Francisco, CA. 1892- became a reporter for New York Evening Post and was recruited by Samuel McClure as editor of McClure’s Magazine .

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Who was lincoln steffens
Who was Lincoln Steffens?

  • He was born on April 6, 1866 in San Francisco, CA.

  • 1892- became a reporter for New York Evening Post and was recruited by Samuel McClure as editor of McClure’s Magazine.

  • 1906- he joined with investigative journalists Ida Tarbell and Ray Stannard Baker to establish the American Magazine.

  • One of his main writing concerns dealt with corruption until 1910, when he went with John Reed to Mexico to report on Pancho Villa and his army.


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more on Steffens…

  • He was truly a great man and prominent figure among the writers during this era of journalism.

  • Famous quote: “I have seen the future; and it works”


Nellie bly
Nellie Bly

  • She was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864.

  • Originally her writing name was meant to be Nelly Bly, but her editor wrote Nellie Bly and it stayed that way.

  • Nicknamed “Pinky” for always wearing the color as a child.

  • At age of 18, she wrote an anonymous letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Dispatch because of a sexist editorial.


Tell me more
Tell me more…..

  • The managing editor of the Dispatch was very impressed with her letter.

  • She landed her first job as a journalist after that and was very focused on women’s rights.

  • Went undercover by acting insane and was sent to the Women’s Lunatic Asylum.

  • Saw firsthand what all the other patients had to endure.

  • This was really awe inspiring and brave for her to do, and brought her lasting fame.


What is the age of yellow journalism all about anyway
What is the Age of Yellow Journalism all about anyway…..

  • Refers to the “endemic practices of particular organizations to operate as mouthpieces, for limited and particular allegiances, rather than the public trust”

  • Term originated during the American Gilded Age of late 19th century that consisted of circulation battles between Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal.

  • The era where newspapers and magazines reigned as mass media.


More info
More info…

  • Very fun and exciting headlines and stories.

  • Many journalists were determined to expose the corruption of the government and unfair treatment of factory workers.

  • Frank Luther Mott mainly defined yellow journalism as:

1. Scare headlines in huge print, minor news.

2. Lavish use of pictures or imaginary drawings.

3. Use of fake interviews, misleading headlines.

4. Emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, using comic strips.

5. Dramatic sympathy with the “underdog” against the system.


And more
And more!

  • Used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.

  • I honestly believe that it is because of yellow journalism that writers can be free to write what they feel in today’s time.

  • Really has to catch the reader’s attention in numerous ways!


Works cited
Works Cited

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/yellow_journalism

  • http://casaveneracion.com/the-age-of-yellow-journalism/

  • www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/386/nellie.html

  • www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Jsteffens.htm

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