W. Joseph Campbell (2017)

The Washington Post

“After the ‘Cronkite Moment,’ LBJ doubled down on Viet policy” The cherished tale/media myth is commonly known as the “Cronkite Moment” of 1968, when CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite supposedly exposed the bankruptcy of the Vietnam War. Forty-nine years ago next week, Cronkite declared in an unusual editorial comment at the close of a special report that the U.S. military was “mired in stalemate” in Vietnam and said negotiations might offer the country a way out. Go here to view article



Margaret Fuller “Letter XXIII, from Rome” (1848)

The New York Tribune

“Letter XXIII, from Rome” Fuller was a formidable intellectual, a poet, critic, editor, Transcendentalist, and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Sent to Europe by Horace Greeley, editor of the influential New York Tribune, Fuller turned in regular dispatches in the form of letters that described the scenery she saw, the people she met, and the events she witnessed, including the struggles for Italian independence and the establishment of the short-lived Roman Republic.

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Mark Twain “The San Francisco Letter” (1865)

The Territorial Enterprise [Virginia City, Nevada]

“The San Francisco Letter” Before Samuel Clemens became the celebrated author Mark Twain (1835-1910) he had been a reporter. Clemens left Missouri for the Far West early in the Civil War to escape military service, and, after failing to strike it rich as a miner, turned to journalism to make ends meet. This link includes three stories; please concentrate on the third, “The Spirit of the Local Press,” and think about what it says about the life of the reporter. Go here to view article


Thomas Morris Chester “The Fall of Richmond” (1865)

Philadelphia Press

“The Fall of Richmond” Chester reported on the Civil War in Virginia throughout the last year of fighting and accompanied a unit of black soldiers who were among the first Union troops to enter the Confederate capital of Richmond after it fell. A free black born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he was the only African-American to report on the war for a mainstream daily.

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Ferdinand (Nandor) Eber (1860)

The London Times

In this excerpt, Eber describes an expedition mounted by Italian nationalist Giuseppi Garibaldi during the wars for Italy’s unification. Eber, who was Hungarian-born, was one of the first journalists who could be legitimately characterized as a war correspondent. In this report, he describes the unexpectedly successful attempt by Garibaldi and his tiny army of badly-equipped volunteers to overthrow Ferdinand II (“King Bomba II”), who at this time ruled southern Italy. Interestingly, Eber did more than just report. In addition, he served as one of Garibaldi’s military advisers.

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Herbert Morrison (1937)

The American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank

WLS Radio [Chicago]

Reports on the Hindenburg Disaster for WLS Radio [Chicago] This website includes Herbert Morrison’s famous radio account of the Hindenberg disaster. To listen to Morrison, open the link marked “Audio mp3 of Radio Coverage.” Note that the radio broadcast was delayed for two days: at this time, radio stations did not ordinarily broadcast news instantaneously, to avoid competing with newspapers. Morrison was, in fact, not broadcasting, but practicing. When the radio station recognized what he had created, it aired his account the next day.