ELA 12: 6.5 On the Level

Believe it or not, writers like London and Dickens got their starts in journalism. Apparently brevity wasn't always part of the news.

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definitely help us when it comes to understanding the development

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of journalism over the nineteenth century What we now know

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as modern journalism started to take shape cities were growing

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and literacy rates were rising so editors were racking their

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brains trying to come up with ways to reach a

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broader cross section of this suddenly more literate society Well

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since chocolate newspapers never really took off editors ended up

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going with sensationalism that its stories about scandals and crimes

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that appealed to readers as a sort of guilty pleasure

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down familiar Yeah good news is no news in the

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us Cheap newspapers called penny presses were founded and they

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covered the sensationalist stories that more established news outlets wouldn't

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touch with a ten foot pole The british weren't left

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out of this sensationalist craze On the other side of

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the pond people like william thomas stead covered such lurid

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subjects as child prostitution well it's important to keep in

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mind that even though the subject matter was sensational wasn't

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necessarily bad journalism although there were certainly some sicko is

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reading steady work tio lap up holographic details that was

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pioneering investigative journalism deeply investigating single topics bringing them to

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a wider public understanding Well the fact that these articles

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were published under sensational headlines like the violation of virgins

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and a child of thirteen bought for five pounds didn't

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make it any less serious Dawn of investigative journalism where

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people like dickens in london come in they too were

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interested in exposing social ills through deep investigations so they

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fit right into this emerging journalistic scene you know like

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hand in glove anyway so maybe dickins would have put

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it more eloquently anyway Diggins in london elevated writing styles

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that wouldn't fly in contemporary newsrooms although narrating in first

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person with ornate complex language was par for the course

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among nineteenth century journalist contemporary journalists drive for objectivity and

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prefer to go light on all those adjectives and adverbs

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that novelists and like oh so very much not sure

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dickens in london might be literary luminaries but hey style 00:02:30.21 --> [endTime] Guides or start guys You know what guys