What´s Yellow Journalism?

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Yellow journalism is a writing style that used melodrama, romance, and hyperbole to sell millions of newspapers. But the number of newspapers selling went up drastically after the blowing up of the battleship USS Maine. At 9:30 on February, 15 the USS Maine sinks in Havana Harbor. This starts the Spanish American War. Then newspaper owners William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer began having the sinking of the USS Maine all over the front pages. The dramatic style of yellow journalism contributed to creating public support for the Spanish American War. The term yellow journalism came from a popular New York World comic called ‘’Hogan’s Alley,’’ which featured a yellow dressed character named the ‘’yellow kid’’. William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer were the owners of the newspaper that R.F. Outcault drew cartoon strips about the life in New York’s slums. William Randolph Hearst copied Joseph Pulitzer’s sensationalist style and even hired ‘’Hogan’s Alley’’ artist R.F. Outcault away from the world. Soon, the sensationalist press of the 1890s became a competition between the ‘’yellow kids’’, and the journalistic style was coined ‘’yellow journalism’’. Yellow journals like the New York Journal and the New York World relied on sensationalist headlines to sell newspapers. William Randolph Hearst understood that a war with Cuba would not only sell his papers, but also move him up in his career as a reporter. In Cuba, Hearst’s star reporters wrote stories designed to tug at the heartstrings of Americans. It was the sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor that gave Hearst his big story about the war. After the sinking of the USS Maine, the Hearst newspapers, with no real proof, unequivocally blamed the Spanish, and ... ... middle of paper ... ...Mako, Hungary, the eldest son of Hungarian Jews. His father, Philip, was a prosperous grain merchant, who died when Joseph was eleven. A few years later his mother married Max Blau, a businessman. Pulitzer was educated in a private school in Budapest. His first business as a boss stevedore in St. Louis failed. Pulitzer worked as a waiter, buried cholera victims of 1866 on Arsenal Island, and eventually found work as a reporter, first in St. Louis on the Westliche Post, a German-language newspaper. In 1877 he married Kate Davis, a niece of Jefferson Davis. Pulitzer soon died of a heart disease aboard his yacht, the Liberty, on October 29, 1911. Yellow Journalism had a big effect on the Spanish American War, it made it become the first media war in history. That’s what made the Americans not like the Spanish people. We still use media like yellow journalism today.
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