The New View: 1960's Journalsim

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The New View: 1960's Journalsim

Walter Cronkite- was an influential television news anchor. He gained the trust of the American people through his coverage of the assassination of president Kennedy which would give him credibility when he criticized the Vietnam War.Barbara Walters- wrote and researched for NBC and received little respect from her male coworkers. She is also known for being the first female co-anchor for a network evening news broadcast.David Halberstam- was one of the first journalists to openly criticize the war in Vietnam and later published The Best and the Brightest, a rebuke on the Vietnam policies of JFK and LBJ.

1963 - "I Have a Dream" Speech- On August 28th, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior addressed 200,000 American citizens on the topic of civil rights and would become one of the most famous speeches in American history.1963 - Assassination of JFK- On November 22, the 35th president, John F. Kennedy was shot while on a political trip to Texas. 1968- Eddie Adams photographs execution- On February 1st, photographer, Eddie Adams photographed the execution of Viet Cong leader which sparked major outrage among the American people and fueled their disapproval of the war.

1. Counterculture- The counterculture of the 60's was a rejection of the conformity of the 1950's. These would be hippies who brought rock n' roll music, recreational drug use, and anti-war protests. 2. This was also a time of the Civil Rights Movement, which was an important and monumental change for America and it's legal system at the time.3. Protests led by America's youth over the war in Vietnam led much to much controversy over our overseas involvment and our country's draft. 4. The 60's was about in the middle of the Cold War, an acrid tension between the U.S and Soviet Russia. During this time period, things escalated between the two because of the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The media affected society by showing what the horrors of war really are. There was no more sugar-coating and it brought people to a harsh reality. Society affected the media by providing huge political movements and breakthroughs in science, literature, and ways of living.


The New View: 1960's Journalism


Media Moments

Political Scene/Social Climate of the 60's


Kennedy-Nixon Debate

A chilling photo of life in Vietnam during the war. Taken by German photo-journalist, Horst Faas.

By Helen Sanders

Trends in Journalism

Thanks to advancements in technology, it was now possible to have real life footage of the war on the evening news every night for the average American to see. This was the first time in history that the citizens were able to see what kind of horrors went on overseas and they were not pleased. This caused a huge divide between people who supported the war and people who wanted to put an end to it. People were seeing war in a whole light and for most, it wasn't satisfying. A new form of journalism began to take form, a kind based heavily on literary influences. Take Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, for example. This account of two murderers took a novel like form from an unusual angle. While the 1960's was a new age for journalsim, it was a time for criticism for the practice as well. At the time of President Nixon's election, he and Vice President Agnew publically reprimanded the media for what they called subversive practices and democratic bias.

Final Thoughts

The 1963 March on Washington


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