Journalism

Journalistic writings are fact-based articles usually focusing on an event or news story. They may include interviews, eyewitness accounts, or investigative reporting. Journalistic works are usually written for publication in newspapers and magazines.

Eyewitness: Jack London and the San Francisco Earthquake

On April 18, 1906, a massive earthquake shook Northern California, including San Francisco, the fourth largest city in the U.S. at that time. Novelist and journalist Jack London was hired by Collier’s, the National Weekly magazine to report on the event. The beginning of his report is below. ——————————— THE…

Primary Source: The 1900 Galveston Hurricane

The 1900 Great Galveston Hurricane made landfall on September 8, 1900. At that time, Galveston was the third largest city in Texas with an estimated population of 40,000 people. It was an important city on the Gulf of Mexico. By the time the storm passed, the hurricane and the resulting…

Primary Source: The Wright Brothers Fly

Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with building and flying the first powered airplane. The first flights took place December 17, 1903 in North Carolina. Below is an article about the historic moment from  The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 7, 1904. —————————                                                                   FLYING MACHINE                                                                  HAS COME AT LAST…

Halloween Reading Passage - Halloween in 1910

Primary Source: Halloween in 1910

This article from the Cleveland, Ohio newspaper reports on Halloween events over 100 years ago. A tick-tack is an instrument used to tap on windows from a distance. The Raisell club’s name is similar in meaning to “raising Cain” or behave in a unruly or disorderly way.  ————————————– LAUGHTER REIGNS…

Primary Source: Gold in California!

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill near present-day El Dorado County, California. At that time, California was a new territory of the United States and sparsely populated. It took a while for the news to reach the established parts of the U.S. The first publication of…

Primary Source: Is There a Santa Claus?

This editorial from The (New York City) Sun was first published in 1897. It is in response to a real letter received by the newspaper. —————————————- Is There a Santa Claus? We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our…

Primary Source: The Titanic Is Sinking

RMS Titanic was an ocean liner built in 1912. One of the largest liners of the time, it had many modern design elements and luxury features. The Titanic began its maiden voyage, or first trip, on April 10, 1912 carrying over 2,300 passengers and crew. The ship was to travel…