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October 11, 2005

Elements of Journalism (Ch. 9 + 10)

The Elements of Journalism (Ch. 9 + 10)

The Elements of Journalism (Ch. 9 + 10) by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

“As the immigrants of the 1880s and 1890s became more Americanized, the papers changed with them, becoming more middle class and more literary. The New York World of 1910 was a far more sober paper than the World of twenty years before.”

I like the idea that the paper evolves as people change. The style was simple for immigrants and the editorials taught them how to be citizens. Long after that they were complicated and required a college degree to understand them. What stays the same is the fact that the paper involved people: “…would gather nights after work to talk about what was in the papers, or to read to each other and discuss the highlights of the day.”

“Today, young people have demonstrably less interest in or need for the news than earlier generations.” Is news less popular because the family structure is more strained and complicated now?

Posted by Kayla Sawyer at October 11, 2005 07:06 PM


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