Archive for Journalism

Online Primary Sources for American History: WWI News Clippings

Comprised of four hundred volumes totaling 80,000 pages, these press clippings were culled from United States and European papers between 1914 and 1926. Though there is no index to this vast collection, the clippings are arranged in chronological order so one can read articles, editorials, cartoons, and news reports that are in reaction to events as they played out during this conflict. The scope of this undertaking is impressive; almost all the pieces I saw have the identifying newspaper indicated along with the date. The vast majority of the clippings are in English, but given the European sources, German pieces are also available.

An informative history of the collection is available. An invaluable resource.

Hot Off The Presses: Newspapers During WWI is fairly self-explanatory.

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Historians and Journalists Discuss President Trump’s First Year in Office

This hour long program aired on C-SPAN; a transcript is also provided.

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What Role Did Online Media Play in the 2016 Presidential Elections?

Here is a major report from the Berkman Center – Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election – that states “We find that the structure and composition of media on the right and left are quite different. The leading media on the right and left are rooted in different traditions and journalistic practices. On the conservative side, more attention was paid to pro-Trump, highly partisan media outlets. On the liberal side, by contrast, the center of gravity was made up largely of long-standing media organizations steeped in the traditions and practices of objective journalism”(abstract) Other reports of interest include: Social Media and Fake News in 2016 Election (Stanford); Did Social Media Ruin Election 2016? (NPR); Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News (Pew); and Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda (Columbia Journalisn Review)’

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Jersey City Development Map Updated March 28, 2017

Jersey City is in a building boom; more than 37,000 units planned and 9,000 now under construction. The newest iteration of the development map allows you limit your search to units approved, completed, proposed, or under construction. Check the map to see what is happening in NJCU’s neighborhood.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Newspapers

Chronicling America is a site hosted by the Library of Congress where you will find over 6 million newspaper pages from 1836-1933; hundreds of titles are represented. Searching through that many pages can be a daunting experience, but the good folks at LC have come up with a handy search tool – Topics in Chronicling America. Here you will find an alphabetical listing of historical events/people found in the newspapers; each heading provides the same outline: historical timeline, suggested search strategies, and sample articles. For example, Female Spies in World War One starts out with a chronology covering 1915-1922, followed up with suggestions for more searches (gives names of female spies), and ends up with a sampling of newspaper articles covering the aforementioned time period. This is a great way to explore this wealth of primary source documents.

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Who Owns the News

Did you ever wonder what companies own the newspapers and magazines you read, the TV you watch, or the online news that you view? If so, then Who Owns the News Media is where you need to be. This interactive site allows you to run through media holdings by company, type of media (newspapers, online, local TV, and so on), revenue, circulation, unique visitors etc. Where available, company profiles are supplied. What is striking to us is the number of privately-owned companies in this sector. (“Privately-held” means, among other things, that there is less public information available on a company.) A review of major events in media ownership accompanies this feature. Other useful sites include  Columbia Journalism ReviewWho Owns What; and  What’s Wrong With the News from FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting).

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Hemingway Newspaper Articles Online

From 1920 to 1924, Ernest Hemingway worked as a newspaper columnist for the Toronto Star; he wrote 191 articles for them of which 70 are now available online for free. (More are promised.) The Hemingway Papers are divided into several categories such as “vice.” “war,” and ‘sports.” There are also articles describing his work at the newspaper. Of particular local note is the article on the world heavyweight boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier that took place at Boyle’s Thirty Acres in Jersey City on July 2, 1921. It was the first fight that generated a million dollars in revenue.

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