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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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(p.97) Chapter 5 Newspapers
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

Jean M. Lutes

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the world’s first mass-produced newspapers and their impact on writers and readers alike. After providing a background on the beginnings of newspapers in the United States, the chapter looks at the advent of the ‘inverted pyramid’ style of news reporting as well as the growth of newspapers amid economic and social changes between 1870 and 1900. It then examines the advent of so-called yellow journalism and changes in newspaper graphics, the importance of objectivity in reporting, and the evolution of the press from an agent of politics to an agent that sought to rise above politics. The chapter also considers the rise of the alternative press and the newspapers’ employment of writers before concluding with a discussion of the newspaper’s symbiotic relationship with literary culture.

Keywords:   newspapers, writers, readers, inverted pyramid, news reporting, yellow journalism, newspaper graphics, objectivity, alternative press, literary culture

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