The Scripps Newspapers Go to War, 1914-18

Author: Dale E. Zacher
A telling look at the inner workings of one of the nation's most dominant news outlets during wartime
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978-0-252-03158-8
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Publication Date: July 2008
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Before radio and television, E. W. Scripps's twenty-one newspapers, major newswire service, and prominent news syndication service comprised the first truly national media organization in the United States. Dale E. Zacher details the scope, organization, and character of the mighty Scripps empire during World War I and reveals how the pressures of the market, government censorship, propaganda, and progressivism transformed news coverage.

Zacher's account delves into details inside a major newspaper operation during World War I and provides fascinating accounts of its struggles with competition, attending to patriotic duties, and internal editorial dissent. Zacher also looks at war-related issues, considering the newspapers' relationship with President Woodrow Wilson, American neutrality, the move to join the war, and fallout from disillusionment over the actuality of war. As Zacher shows, the progressive spirit and political independence at the Scripps newspapers came under attack and was changed forever during the era.

About the Author

Dale E. Zacher is an assistant professor in the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.