Unit Plan

Pbs: Yellow Journalism and Fake News: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

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Learn about the rise of yellow journalism and the fine if occasionally wavering line between sensationalism and fake news in this series of videos from the American Masters film Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People. Learn about the impact of visual design in early newspapers and how it continues to influence media today. Discover the competitive tactics-that crossed the line into fake news-Joseph Pulitzer and William R. Hearst employed to outsell each other, particularly in their personal competition to sell newspaper during the Spanish-American War. Support materials include vocabulary, discussion questions, and teaching tips for engaging students through analyzing the visual design of Pulitzer's paper and making connections to modern journalism and current issues surrounding fake news.

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