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Introduction The Three Mile Island accident of 1979 was the worst nuclear power plant disaster in the United States It happened at a time when nuclear power safety was in question and when the mention of the word Nuclear brought on thoughts of war Also it brought the downfall of nuclear power as a leading power resource The significance it had on media history was it showed people how close to home the danger was and it gave a glimpse to outsiders on how local residents have lived in fear of Three Mile Island The accident brought on a great debate on how safe was nuclear power Research Method The media form that is in focus for this research paper are newspaper aritcles from between the two days following the accident The articles where chosen from two different instate newspapers The Philidelphia Inquirer and The Harrisburg Patriot The reason these newspapers were chosen was to give two perpectives on the situation one from a local small market newspaper and one from a more high profile and high circulation newspaper The writers of the articles varied from staff writers to AP reporters Historical Background The media era in which the event occurred was in the modern media age which still exist today Mass media consisted of new journalism It was at an end of a decade which featured the winding down of the Vietnam War and the wake of the Watergate scandal It was also the year prior to an election year The world was still under the threat of nuclear war The Cold War era was five years away from reaching an all time high Journalism was very aggressive and America was still in question onto how safe is nuclear power Research Findings The opening front-page article from the Philidelphia Inquirer gave a detailed account of how the nuclear reactor leaked and provided a diagram how
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