100 Media Moments That Changed America by Jim Willis

By Jim Willis

From the launching of America's first newspaper to YouTube's newest phone-videoed crime, the media has continually been accountable of indulging America's obsession with controversy. This encyclopedia covers a hundred occasions in global historical past from the seventeenth century to the present—moments that by myself have been significant and minor, yet ones that exploded within the public eye while the media stepped in. themes coated comprise yellow journalism, the struggle of the Worlds radio broadcast, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, JFK's assassination, the Pentagon papers, and storm Katrina. those are occasions that modified the way in which the media is used-not simply as a device for spreading wisdom, yet as a manner of shaping and influencing the evaluations and reactions of America's voters. because of the media's representations of those occasions, background has been replaced endlessly. From categorised army plans that leaked out to the general public to the 1st televised presidential debates to the present army tortures stuck on tape, Breaking information will display not just an ever-evolving approach of reports reporting, but additionally the ways that ancient occasions have ignited the media to mould information in a manner that resonates with America's public. This must-have reference paintings is perfect for journalism and heritage majors, in addition to for basic readers.Chapters are in chronological order, starting with the seventeenth century. every one bankruptcy begins with a short creation, by way of media occasion entries from that decade. each one access explains the instant, after which provides particular information concerning how the media lined the development, America's reaction to the insurance, and the way the media replaced background.

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Indeed, both sides thought the war (called the ‘‘Civil War’’ by the North and the ‘‘War Between the States’’ by the South) would be a relatively short one. Ultimately, there would be thousands of more newspaper stories published before the bloody campaign came to an end. Northern history has called this the First Battle of Bull Run, while many southerners still refer to it as the Battle of Manassas since the South often named their battles for the nearest town. 18. CREATING THE INVERTED PYRAMID What does a war have to do with the structure a reporter uses to write his or her story?

8. , p. 53 9. Ibid. 14 | Part I: The New Nation 10. , p. 49. 11. htm. 12. Thomas Paine. htm. 13. htm. 14. Stuart A. Kallen. Benjamin Franklin. Edina, Minn: ABDO Publishing, 2001, p. 18. 15. Steve Potts. Benjamin Franklin. Mankato: Bridgestone Books, 1996, p. 13. 16. Kallen, Benjamin Franklin, pp. 13–18. 17. Richard B. Morris. The Forging of the Union: 1781–1789. New York: Harper & Rowe, 1987, p. 309. 18. Alexander Hamilton. The Federalist Papers No. 1: General Introduction. edu. 19. David Weeks, in an interview at Azusa Pacific University, December 10, 2008.

It occurred in 1833, in the 1890s, the 1920s, and is flourishing today in tabloid papers, TV shows, and on the Web. Sensationalism is journalism that intentionally goes for the emotional jugular. It is often reporting that takes an event that is dramatic in and of itself, and then heaps added “pseudo-drama” onto that reality. In short, sensationalism is reporting that hypes reality, hoping to jerk a tear from the eye of the reader or viewer or make them stand up and cheer. Sensationalism relies on the overuse of descriptive adjectives, may dwell on graphic violence or sex, and—in the case of television—makes abundant use of slow-motion video and heart-wrenching music.

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