Journalism in the Civil War

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Journalism in the Civil War

Journalism in the Civil War

Hello! I am Eliza Dutton, reporter, writer, and publisher of the Waterford News.

NewspapersIn both the North and the South, newspapers were in high demand during the Civil War. Papers informed citizens about the progress of the war, political and economical changes, and mostly gave a biased opinion on the war.

Alexander GardnerOne of the most famous Civil War photographers, Gardner was known for his astounding photos and meanings behind them.

This drawing shows soldiers wiring telegraph lines to be used for communication.

Impact on the Civil WarFor the people living on the homefront, the press was an important source of information that aided in bringing realization to the war and showing how bloody and terrible it was.

PhotographyDuring the Civil War, illustrations in newspapers and publications were popular. They allowed photographers to capture moments of the war and inform people about the reality and cruelty of war through their work. Being a photographer was a difficult career; they would literally have to stand in the battlefield to take pictures of men in action and the remains of the battle.

The telegraph was an important way of communication during the Civil War. It not only allowed war leaders to give orders to troops from a great distance, but also gave reporters the ability to share news with their papers as it was happening. Because the telegraph lines/signal would often break, the "inverted pyramid" form of writing was created.

Impact on JournalismThe Civil War was perhaps the biggest growing point for newspapers and journalism in general. It brought realization to how valuble and pursuasive the press could be, and inclined the sales of papers nationwide.

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