The Free Lance Star 's First Three Days Of Coverage Essay

730 Words Oct 1st, 2015 3 Pages
During coverage of an important world crisis, such as terrorism, warfare or assassinations, the media generally follow a system of conventions of objectivity to sound neutral, get the story across to their readers, and get their facts right. These conventions that they use are: using official sources, focusing on the president, avoiding indepth analysis and focusing on immediate events. Such conventions were found in Virginia’s The Free Lance-Star’s first three days of coverage of Pearl Harbor. Throughout the early coverage of the attack of Pearl Harbor, and the beginning of the United States entry into World War Two, the conventions of objectivity seemed to be used to allow the public to create their own sense of fear over the attack by the Japanese and of possible threats. On the first day of coverage, The Free Lance-Star provided the story to its readers through the reports of military officials and some locals at Honolulu, focus on the losses at Pearl Harbor and reassuring that the United States had control of the situation. From this basis of reporting, we see that coverage met the conventions of: use of official sources, avoiding indepth analysis and focusing on immediate events. With these conventions usages, the December 7th, 1941, edition portrayed what seemed like a seemingly neutral paper with enough material to make the public see the Japanese as an evil entity that must be stopped. I gathered this idea from multiple sections stating “Heavy Loss of Life Feared,”…

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