Yellow Journalism, Sensationalism, and Media Tycoons
While “fake news” has become a concern in recent years, America has seen its periods of untrustworthiness in media before. In this episode, Mary, Gary, and Eryn explore the agendas of media tycoons like Pulitzer and Hearst during the age of “yellow journalism.” Did these big players overstep their boundaries by reporting rumors over facts to drive sales? How should we as a culture balance the rights of the First Amendment while also being truthful, responsible agents?
Additional BRI Resources
The Turning Point in U.S. Foreign Policy
American foreign affairs shifted dramatically at the end of the 19th century, as the United States began taking on a more active role in global affairs. This eLesson has students explore primary source documents from American history to better understand this shift in policy.
Freedom of the Press
Explore various landmark court cases where the right to a free press was tested. Freedom of the Press is essential to the maintenance of free government and is guaranteed by the first amendment. Learn more about this right in the cases below.