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Yellow Journalism

February 6, 2013

The students in Mr. Wolfe’s Honor’s U.S. History class have been studying the United States involvement in the Spanish American War.  Prior to the war, journalist William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer used a technique called Yellow Journalism to sensationalize events in hopes to persuade the public’s interests in supporting the war effort.  The most famous yellow-journalism event occurred with the destruction of the USS Maine, which blew up in Havana, Cuba on February 15, 1898. Although the actual cause of the USS Maine blowing up was unclear, yellow journalists wrote inflammatory stories in order to sell papers.  Students worked in pairs to write their own Yellow Journalism stories.  They were to take an actual event, either current or one from recent history and sensationalize it.   All the students did a great job on this project with their use of creativity and imagination.  Click here to view the three best “Pages” that were chosen by the history department on display for you today (Hurricane Sandy: The Truth won top honors).  Enjoy!

Yellow Journalism

Creating “sensationalism” to a story to sell newspaper

Yellow_Journalism – Click the link to the left for some excellent examples.  Ryan Wolfe is a history teacher at Plymouth High School.


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