Sunday, March 18, 2007

Journalism As Information

In Chapter 19 entitled The New Journalism written by Michael Schudon he writes about journalism as information and the rise of The New York Times. Before the Times was established in 1896, papers weren't very successful in instituting a standard. The Times became that standard newspaper. Will Irwin in 1911 wrote that "[The Times came] the nearest of any newspaper to presenting a truthful picture of life in New York and the world at large."

The original publisher of The Times was praised in 1926 for his new way of printing the newspaper. Unlike the sensational papers that came before him, Adolph Ochs said that decency meant dollars. This theory is what made the Times one of the best papers of his era and kept its longevity's. Ochs became the first to sell the paper using the telephone which also helped the growth of the paper. After the paper starting coming out and gaining power to be seen reading the paper became a "stamp of respectability. "


At 9:09 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

The Times was established in 1851 as an elite paper and it remains the most important paper in the U.S. How has it differentiated itself from the tabloid press? What kind of argument does Schudson make about the Times model of journalism? What distinguished the Times from the World or the Journal of the 1890s? Does that distinction hold true today?


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