A Force for Good: How the American News Media Have Propelled by Rodger Streitmatter

By Rodger Streitmatter

America’s information media are relentlessly criticized as too unfavorable, sensationalistic, profit-oriented, and biased, let alone unpatriotic and a depressing failure at reflecting the nation’s variety. Rodger Streitmatter makes transparent that even supposing a lot of the feedback is deserved, it obscures the truth that information retailers have additionally made—and proceed to make—many optimistic contributions to the country’s well-being.

A strength for solid: How the yank information Media Have Propelled optimistic Change deals a compelling account of the Fourth Estate’s efforts to enhance U.S. society. even if documenting the appalling stipulations in psychological associations, exposing monetary shenanigans and sex-abuse scandals, or championing an imprecise tablet as a sort of birth control, Streitmatter argues, print and broadcast newshounds have propelled major social themes onto the general public schedule and helped construct help for switch. this article attracts on either historic and modern examples from a variety of social contexts; the result's a desirable journey of yank heritage, social swap, and some great benefits of a strong media.

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The little boys’ job was to break large chunks of coal into small pieces while also separating the coal from impurities, such as slate and rock. One hazard of the task was that the youngsters weren’t allowed to wear gloves because their fingers were more nimble if bare than if covered; this inevitably led to the boys cutting their fingers so often that their hands were covered in blood. ”15 Several of the Tribune pieces reported on the wages children were paid. The top earners were the boys who worked in the glass factories.

For the first, he continued to report for the New York Tribune; for the second, he took photos of the slums. 15 Riis gave his first presentation in January 1888, which several dozen people attended. 16 In the months that followed, Riis gave many more lectures, not just in New York City but also in Connecticut, New Jersey, and upstate New York. Several newspapers reported on the events. The Long Island Democrat, for example, praised Riis for giving an “exceedingly interesting” talk. ”17 Among the most memorable of the images Riis showed was one of an elderly couple inside their tenement apartment in Hell’s Kitchen—paint was peeling from the walls, and the squalid living space had no windows and no ventilation.

Indb 17 2/23/15 9:02 AM 18 CHAPTER 2 The remainder of the book consisted mostly of material about tenement dwellers that he’d already published in the New York Tribune. 29 How the Other Half Lives contained forty-four images, including all the photos that had appeared with the Scribner’s article. Among the scenes highlighted in the book was one titled “Five Cents a Spot”; it showed the interior of a rickety lodging house where fifteen men and women and a week-old baby were spending the night, sleeping not in beds but on the floor.

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