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There is an old adage that claims that "history does not change, the perspective does." A prime method of changing perspective is the printed word. People tend to believe almost anything if it is printed, because it seems to be formal and legitimate. The king of all printed media was the newspaper. Many newspapers throughout United States history have relied on sensational stories that were meant to anger or excite the public, rather than to inform. William Randolph Hearst built a media empire in the early 20th century based on this principle. In order to sell newspapers, Hearst practiced "Yellow Journalism," sensationalized stories of dubious authenticity. His methods were very effective and had a major influence on the political, economic and social setting of the time period.

Just as Hearst had a vision and a mission to illustrate his beliefs and perspective on historical events and feats of key individuals, you too will have opportunity to publish a newspaper depicting U.S. History. Your perspective will be the catalyst that crafts a newspaper format that illustrates your mastery knowledge, personal interests and creativity.




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