Archive for Week 4 Concepts

How Broadcast News Changed Journalism

By Erik Hinch

Broadcast news changed journalism in a fundamental way. Many new mediums were introduced for the purpose of getting the same information.  TV and radio (and many years later, the Internet) are the most commonly used mediums for communication introduced. It revolutionized the way people get their news.  People are more easily able to visually see what is being reported, and become more engaged in the reporting itself.  With the introduction of the internet, a whole new demographic has become more engaged than before; Teens and young adults seem to find a lot of their information from social media  nowadays.

This link goes to a YouTube video posted by a local TV station in the Hampton-area, that, by itself, has four public television stations and seven public radio stations. It is a video that interviews college students about where they get their news.  The general consensus is the Internet and Television, whether it be Fox News, CNN, or even Jon Stewart from Comedy Central.  Turn the clock back 90 years and radio had just barely begun to emerge.  It is such a drastically different scenario then, when compared to what we have today.


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When you go through school with a history book at your desk, what you have is a book full of, well, documentaries. When you have one specific historical event or figure that has been followed over a long period of time and recorded, written down, and talked about… it’s considered a documentary.  Almost like reliving the event or life. When you watch a documentary on World War II, you’re watching what events happened, the people who were a part of it, why it happened, and how it ended. We have these documentaries because people recorded these events to tell the story later on. Even now, journalists every day are following stories and recording these stories as documents.

One of the biggest events in America happening now? The presidential debates. With this article, a journalist is “documenting” the events throughout the debate from the republican side and the democratic side. Getting both sides, their ideas and plans are being documented for people to learn of now in the present and in the future.


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Edward R. Murrow’s influence on investigative journalism, the Red Scare, and documentaries

Kristin Marquardt

Edward R. Murrow  made a documentary called “The Case Against Milo Radulovich A0589829”. This was about a man who was discharged from the air force because his father and sister had read “radical papers”.  At the time, Joseph McCarthy was become very powerful politically and was convincing people that communists were working for the US government. He used investigative journalism and filmed McCarthy conducting his senatorial hearings, showing how he used false evidence. This documentary not only reinstated Milo Radulovich to the air force, but his speech including the sentence, “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” became famous and changed people’s views about McCarthy. Now, shows like 60 minutes are inspired by Murrow’s documentaries.


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The Hindenburg Disaster – Arien Becker

The LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German air ship carrying 97 people across the Atlantic Ocean to Lakehurst, New Jersey. On May 6th, 1937, this airship burst into flames just before landing, killing 35 people. In the realm of fatal disasters, this event seems relatively insignificant, especially 15 years after one of the most devastating disasters in history; the sinking of the Titanic. Yet, the Hindenburg disaster set a milestone in a new way.

Many journalists were on the scene at the air station in Lakehurst to make their reports on the landing. One reporter, a man named Herbert Morrison, was there to record the event and play it later on his radio news channel. This turned into the first ever pre-recorded news story. Not used to hearing pre-recorded stories, people thought they were listening to the story live when it was aired the next day. The coverage of the Hindenburg disaster ended the era of the airship completely.

This is just an article about the disaster and a great newsreel clip from 1937!

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