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The 20th Century (9.26.16 lecture)

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The 20th Century (9.26.16 lecture) MCOM 1300

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Covers all of 9.26.16's lecture detailing the early 1900's journalism scene. For Dean's MCOM 1300-002 class.
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Date Created: 09/26/16
The 20th Century Monday, September 26, 2016 10:00 AM • Further development of press associations ○ Associated press birthed ○ United Press - 1903 ○ Internal News Service - 1909 • Muckraking ○ Unchecked growth  Monopolies developed after Democraticparty was disenfranchised ○ Early 1900's - magazines probe into this (newspapers join in later, but primarily magazines)  Birth of muckraking - revealing the "filth" □ Ida Tarbell started this movement w/ a piece on Rockefeller's oil monopoly  Rockefeller became a personification of greed and corruption ○ Lincoln Steffens reported on living conditions of poor immigrants  Terrible working conditions  How all this was manipulated by corrupt political machines ○ David Graham Phillips wrote about bribes going on in Senate  Also wrote about Adacall (water w/ alcohol) an apparent cure-all □ Didn't cure anything, just killed people ○ Upton Sinclair  Detailed the unsanitary conditions in the meat industry  How a worker fell in a vat and was ground up w/ no one really trying to stop it  Led to Anti-Trust act and Food & Drug act - big wave of reform ○ Magazine writers brought this to light, not gov't • Adolph Ochs and the New York Times ○ He insisted on comprehensive coverage  Great writing, fairness, accuracy ○ Made the newspaper what it is today • 1920 - return to normalcy ○ After WWI ended in 1919, people wanted to go back to normal ○ Elected president Hardy ○ Teapot Dome Scandal ○ Prohibition  Gave rise to organized crime • Jazz Journalism ○ Tabloid newspaper started to rise because easier to read than broad sheet newspapers ○ Ruth Synder sentenced to be executed by election  NY Daily News □ Reporter smuggled in camera to the execution and a picture of this hits front page ○ NY Daily Mirror ○ NY Daily Graphic Gave tabloid newspapers a bad name ○ Rise of the columnist ○ Time Magazine started by Henry Luce (1923) • Stock market crash of 1929 • Roosevelt'sNew Deal ○ Creates a bunch of gov't organization to try and create new jobs to get people back to work after stock market crash • The New Deal & WWII ○ People want to know why? In publications ○ Newspapers then have to hire people who know finance, banking, etc  Introduces specialization - not enough to just write well ○ WWII coverage impressive  Beginning of radio coverage ○ Cronkite - Pyle - Murrow ○ Unpopular wars  Korea - a police action by the US □ Dangerous to cover, many journalists died  Vietnam - divisive war □ First televised war  Very little censorship □ Created anti-war movement □ Journalism suffered great credibility loss because public was so divisive  Changes in Grenada, the Mid-East War, Iraq □ President didn't allow coverage in Cuba □ Mid-East war: journalists not allowed to go to front lines, everything had to be pre-screened Foundations of Media and Communication Page 1 □ Mid-East war: journalists not allowed to go to front lines, everything had to be pre-screened  Result of Vietnam □ Iraq did a 180 against Mid-East war - journalists covered the war first hand  Reporters embedded with troops • The New Journalism (1960s and 1970s) ○ New non-fiction  Writer tries to put reader in their minds  Describes things with great detail to give reader impression they were there  This spills over to journalism ○ The advocate style of reporting  Reporter says he's against war □ So everything written is slanted against trying to get people against the war also  Even if scummy behavior is necessary  Very controversial (obviously) ○ Investigative reporting emerges ○ The Underground Press  Said traditional newspaper didn't deal w/ issues that affected the country  Rejected traditional standards and expose things that might make people mad  Often libelous  Intentionally crude  Couldn't be sued because you couldn't track the publication down  Had huge impact □ started hiring and covering minorities • Characteristics of great newspapers ○ Comprehensive coverage ○ Great writing ○ Progressive leadership  Need to stand up for what they think is right and oppose what they think is wrong • Recent History ○ See a shake out - lots of mergers and consolidations of newspapers ○ Afternoon newspapers gave way to TV news  Morning newspapers become dominant ○ The coming of chains - a golden age ○ The Sullivan ruling in 1964 ○ The Watergate story of the 70s  Resulted in the only resignation of a US president  Brought about by two rookie reporters ○ Circulation, revenue, and profits go well into 90s ○ Digital networks and the internet undermine business models of newspapers  Newspapers cut costs, diversify, and embrace the tech  Cutbacks on foreign and investigate reporting  All newspapers go online  Concern about the future as the stocks fall ○ 2010 - 2013 NP revenue continued to decline  1k to 1.5k jobs lost  Newspapers are 30% smaller today than in 2009  Many newspapers have closed Foundations of Media and Communication Page 2


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