1896: Newspaper Wars

ImageThe other evening in class I tried to find an article I’d recently read that featured the Yellow Kid graphic. Now I’ve found it and would like to direct your attention to 1896: Newspaper Wars.

In addition to providing detail and context to the feud between Pulitzer and Hearst, the piece does a nice job of portraying the journalistic climate in New York at the end of the 19th century.

You’ll recall from our text, that the author made the claim that journalism as a profession was just a little more than a century old at the time of the World Trade Center terror attacks. 9-11 in our text was used to demonstrate how media coverage has changed since the time of the McKinley assassination in 1901. If that is so, then the time period depicted in 1896: Newspapers Wars would be be sometime near professional journalism’s infancy or early childhood.

I was surprised to see in the this article another mention of McKinley in relation to Pulitzer’s support of McKinley’s opponent in a presidential election of 1896. The entire site seems to be devoted to the year 1896. It is worth exploring to get a sense of the time.

It also refers to yellow journalism which is connected to our discussion the other day. And there’s even a mention of the Yellow Scare which is related to Rei’s awesome report on the coverage of Japanese emigration to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

I’ve found the 1896 Newspaper Wars article to be an informative and enjoyable read. Please check it out let me know if it sparks any thoughts or ideas.

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