Yellow Journalism: The Press and America's Emergence as a World Power

Yellow Journalism: The Press and America's Emergence as a World Power

by David R. Spencer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0810123312

ISBN-13: 9780810123311

Pub. Date: 01/01/2007

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

A case containing dismembered human remains surfaces in New York's East River in June 1897 and the publisher of the New York Journal-a young, devil-may-care millionaire named William Randolph Hearst-decides that his newspaper will "scoop" the city's police department by solving the heinous crime. Pulling out all the stops, Hearst launches more than a murder

Overview

A case containing dismembered human remains surfaces in New York's East River in June 1897 and the publisher of the New York Journal-a young, devil-may-care millionaire named William Randolph Hearst-decides that his newspaper will "scoop" the city's police department by solving the heinous crime. Pulling out all the stops, Hearst launches more than a murder investigation: his newspaper's active intervention in the city's daily life, especially its underside, marked the birth of the Yellow Press.

Most notable among Hearst's competitors was The World, owned and managed by a Jewish immigrant named Joseph Pulitzer. In The Yellow Journalism, David R. Spencer describes how the evolving culture of Victorian journalism was shaped by the Yellow Press. He details how these two papers and others exploited scandal, corruption, and crime among New York's most influential citizens and its most desperate inhabitants-a policy that made this "journalism of action" remarkably effective, not just as a commercial force but also as an advocate for the city's poor and defenseless.

About the Author:
David R. Spencer is a professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario

About the Author:
Geneva Overholser holds the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting at the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810123311
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Medill Visions of the American Press Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Geneva Overholser     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction     1
The Inheritance     19
The New York Marketplace     53
Graphic Innovation     77
Fact and Fiction     95
The Spanish-American War and the Hearst Myth     123
The Correspondents     153
The Illustrators     205
Conclusion     225
Notes     231
Bibliography     249
Index     257

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