Thursday, March 05, 2009

Journalism Style= SES & Education

"The New Journalism" talked about two styles of journalism: fact-based and entertainment-based. Each style became associated with social class. The educated middle class seemed to prefer the information/fact style of journalism, while the working class seemed to read the entertainment/storytelling style of writing. Joseph Pulitzer took newspaper publishing to a different level. He adapted self-advertisement and larger and darker headlines and also lowered the cost drastically in comparison to his competitors. He also adapted to the changing times by publishing a Sunday paper that included tips for urban survival for new immigrants. In addition, as the cities became rider-based instead of walking-based, newspaper were created to make reading easier for travelers.

Today's newspapers and magazines are still associated with either one of these dominant styles. While some may include a little of both, it is obvious to see which one is the primary focus. For example, "The Daily News" newspaper and "People's" magazines are more entertainment based while "The Times" prides itself on provided all of the news (which is fact-based).

I find it interesting that users choose different types of newspapers and magazines depending upon what type of news theyare interested in reading at the moment. I tend to read the "The Daily News" for local/borough news in addition to music and entertainment news. I read "The Times" when I want to obtain political, financial, and wordly news. My opinion is that these two distinct styles of journalism should not be associated with social economic status but rather with the interests of the reader. I am certain that there are individuals who are educated and wealthy who read entertainment news just as there are working class individuals who read "The Times" and "Time" magazine.


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