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WAR NEWS: Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War Paperback – June 21, 2010
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War News: Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War was originally published in 1999 as Blue & Gray in Black & White, and tells the story of the Civil War through the newspapers of the time. From before the first shots were fired, through the surrender of Lee, Brayton Harris shows how the newspapers and the reporters of that time got the story, how it was published and the public's response to it. Harris was in the US Navy and served as a media coordinator in Vietnam so he understands about covering a war from the field.
It was interesting to see that some things have not changed much: journalists will work hard to get the latest story, even going behind enemy lines, the military wants to preserve secrecy and control the story, the public wants to hear firsthand accounts and those stories can change public opinion of the war. Journalists will do anything to get the story and use the latest technological tool of the time, the telegraph, to beat their competitors to get the story back to the publisher.Read more ›