01.02 Evolution of American Journalism

Humans are naturally curious creatures, and Journalism has always served as a way to feed this hunger. Journalism has been, and still is, the most popular way to receive and portray information happening all over the world. Protected by the Constitution, Journalism¬†utilizes freedom of speech to write, record, and interpret the news to the public in any way, shape, or form they choose. If freedom of press was not guaranteed, Journalists of all kinds wouldn’t be allowed to share their opinions with the public, and in some cases they may not be allowed to inform the public of wrong-doings in the government that the people would not be able to see for themselves. The earliest newspaper containing stories such as these was Poor Richard’s Almanac, which also encased puzzles and tips, a tradition that has continued itself in today’s newspapers (http://learn.flvs.net/educator/student/frame.cgi?jreese11*ascott197*mpos=1&spos=0&option=hidemenu&slt=mJcWhWfatI5cs*3493*http://learn.flvs.net/webdav/educator_journalism1_v11/index.htm).

Early Journalism was much more difficult and time-consuming than today’s Journalism. In the late 1600′s to early 1700′s, some of the first newspapers required hours of patient work, seeing as each letter of the publication had to be glued onto the paper by hand. Today, easy to use machines publish the millions upon billions of newspapers printed every day in some of the nation’s largest newspaper companies such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times (http://nyjobsource.com/papers.html).

Since the World Wide Web was officially introduced to the public on August 6, 1991, the newspaper and Journalism itself has changed dramatically. With information instantly at just the click of a mouse, people have started straying away from newspapers and have began using computers and the Internet to obtain news happening anywhere in the world. The most recent development in the sharing of information is the use of social networking. With over 900 million users on the world’s top social networking site, Facebook (http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/resource-how-many-people-use-the-top-social-media/), information is easily shared around the world in a matter of seconds. This makes using the Internet to gather news useful and convenient ¬†(http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/202/the-social-media-revolution-exploring-the-impact-on-journalism-and-news-media-organizations). While the Internet has brought the Journalistic world to a new peak, many fear that the traditional newspaper may soon be lost forever.


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