Joseph Pulitzer and the Shaping of Modern American Journalism Research Paper by Nicky

An examination of Joseph Pulitzer and how he shaped modern American journalism through the Columbia school of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize.
# 151413 | 3,543 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Communication (Journalism)

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The paper reveals that Joseph Pulitzer could possibly be considered the single most influential man in the development of the newspaper and journalism industry. The paper points out that to understand Joseph Pulitzer and his often complex relationship with newspapers and with journalism as a whole, it is necessary to understand both the details of his life and what journalism looked like before he came into the picture. The paper explores both his biography and the history of journalism and discusses the effects of Pulitzer's legacy through the Columbia School of Journalism's awarding of the Pulitzer Prize.

Media and Newspapers Before Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer: A (Very) Brief Biography
Pulitzer, Hearst, and Yellow Journalism
The Establishment of the Columbia School of Journalism
Recipients of the Pulitzer Prize

From the Paper:

"Joseph Pulitzer's childhood was rather unremarkable in and of itself; He grew up in a fairly typical Hungarian family--meaning that disposable income was not something easily come by or readily available--and wanted to be a soldier throughout his teenage years but was consistently turned away due to his physical weakness and poor eyesight--the latter of which would continue to plague him for the rest of his life, and more extremely in his later years (Seitz). At the age of eighteen, he joined a recruiter for the Union Army, sailing for the United States form Germany and jumping ship since it had reached harbor so that he could collect his own bounty--the price paid for enlistees--rather than having it go to the recruiter (Brian 5). With that, Pulitzer's ascension truly began.
"After fighting in the Civil War for eight months, Pulitzer found that jobs were much harder to come by--and to keep--during peacetime. He remained in New York for a time, hoping to find employment, but was rebuffed at every turn. He was not one to forget a grudge, either--he was denied a shoeshine by a porter at a certain hotel during this period, and over two decades later he had the hotel demolished and built his towering newspaper offices on the same site (Brian 7)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boylan, James. Pulitzer's School: Columbia University's School of Journalism, 1903-2003. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
  • Campbell, W. Joseph (a). The Year that Defined American Journalism. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Campbell, W. Joseph (b). Yellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001.
  • Douglas, George. The Golden Age of the Newspaper. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999.
  • Hohenberg, John. The Pulitzer Prize Story: News Stories, Editorials, Cartoons, and Pictures from the Pulitzer Prize Collection at Columbia University. New York: Columbia University Press, 1959.

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