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The Role of News Reporting and public forums in History

Directions: Click on the linked words to follow the link. Find the answer and write it on your answer sheet. Web browsers have a feature called History. It "remembers" each page that is visited. You can use it to go to a web site someone has visited using the computer. Try using the history feature to return to this web page. (These getting back tips may be helpful)

1. Read the article "Do Newspapers Have a Future?" Time Sep. 25, 2006.

What resource do you use for news?


What traits about that resource makes it the "go to" news place for you?


If you wanted to get out the word regarding an event or issue, which resource(s) would you use?

What are the advantages of those resources?

What are their disadvantages?


Public forums and various media, have played a critical role in many issues in our nation's history.
Select an issue.
Describe the role of the press and public forums including: letters to the editor, newsletters,
blogs and web sites, in the outcome of the debate.

Women's suffrage | Bill of Rights | War for Independence | Repeal of the Pennsylvania Legislator's pay raise 2005
| 2004 Presidential Election | Temperance | Civil Rights Movement | Adoption of the Constitution of 1789 | Pentagon Papers
| Watergate |
Internet Neutrality | Space Program


"A free press is not a privilege, but an organic necessity in a great society."
Walter Lippmann, the 20th-century American columnist


Embark on the U.S. Capitol Virtual Tour Centuries of Citizenship - Constitution timeline
Explore the Washington Crossing Historic Park web site. Founding Mothers & the Daughters of Liberty

Solve the History Mystery Message.

Speech After Being Convicted Of Voting - Why vote?
National Society of Newspaper Editors News War - Frontline
The Persuaders - Frontline Examine Online Collaboration and Social Networking - Web 2.0

Internet Hunts / Nature / Computers / Puzzles & Projects / Pennsylvania Projects / Problem Based Learning / Site map / Home

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