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A Thousand Words Several professions some more tasteful than others have been dubbed with the title The Worlds Oldest Profession Among all in contention the winner must be found in communication Each time an infant wails its way out of the womb it confirms the human drive to communicate Tribal dance cave paintings scribes and the town cryer are all predecessors to the modern journalist We as humans have always had an obsession for the communication of knowledge especially news events Increasing levels of technology and education have changed the world of news reporting drastically in just over a century of time Journalism has changed from the systematic notation of events mainly for historical purposes to a circus of current event thrillers downloaded live via satellite in vivid color to millions of boob tubes simultaneously This essay will look at how the roles of journalism have changed and how they have changed the American public during the past century Newspapers and magazines were the reigning kings of the journalism industry in America up until Guglielmo Marconis patented radio gained popularity the mid 1920s Journals were for the most part reserved for the rich and well educated because illiteracy rates were so high not everyone could read them But for that small portion of people who had access to them the journals shaped how readers felt and what decisions they made about current and political events Journalism became an official if not so well paying profession in 1908 with the opening of the first American school for journalism in Columbia Missouri Competition has always been the driving force for news organizations Within the progression of the field of photography early Daguerreotypes proved a useful tool for publishers to increase circulation Many people were drawn to the novelty of the new pictured papers driving sales up And better yet partially literate people could pick up a paper and understand more about what
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