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Let’s bring back yellow journalism

Could a little sensationalism halt the industry’s slide?


 

At a time of crisis for newspapers, leading U.S. broadsheets seem to be trying to out-bore each other, argues Jack Shafer of Slate.com (the same could be said of Canadian papers, which pale next to their incarnations during the paper war of the late 1990s and early 2000s). Whether naked sensation would halt the slide is debatable. But a little unabashed activism of the sort favoured by Pulitzer and Hearst at the turn of the 19th century wouldn’t hurt, Shafer argues: “I wish our better newspapers availed themselves of some of the techniques of yellow journalism and a little less of the solemnity we associate with the Committee of Concerned Journalists.” 

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Let’s bring back yellow journalism

  1. “I wish our better newspapers availed themselves of some of the techniques of yellow journalism and a little less of the solemnity we associate with the Committee of Concerned Journalists.”

    This being one of the many yawning chasims in my education, would someone care to outline just what these ” techniques of yellow journalism were?

    • Mostly making up and or exaggerating facts to suit particular emotionally charged political agendas. Like invading small states and subjugating their populations. That and stories about cannablism and white slavery.

      I like Jack Shafer, and surely he was exaggerating to make a point, but this idea is dumb. Besides, ther is no evidence that people aren’t reading enough, the problem is that no one know how to get people, or adverttisers, to cover the costs of content.

      How, exactly, in the age of the internet, are more stories about ‘crime, scandal, gossip, divorce, sex, disasters, and sports” going to solve that problem?

      • Thanks. I certainly hope he was exaggerating for effect. There’s enough empty headed journalism out there already. In fact i’d say those who lead the charge to dumb down and undermine public discourse, have pretty much got what they wished for. As to the revenue problem, maybe we should have a coin slot on our computers. Impark, or someone could manage it all.

  2. I think we have enough yellow as it is but we don’t market it well and more often than not relegate it to the back pages – what we need to do is make it honest put it right up front and in peoples faces. Get so good at it that you measure success by how often you are in court for slander and the one with the most cases gets a giller like prize or something at least a free trip to London.

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