Yellow Journalism with Today’s Technology


Yellow journalism is a term that is used to refer to sensational or over exaggerated cartoons or occasionally a piece of writing that could include personal bias, satire, or just be plain propaganda. However, the term “yellow journalism” was used in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and isn’t commonly used to describe sensational images or writing in today’s world. A part of yellow journalism is the personal bias and satire that many authors loop into their work. In today’s world, some forms of bias are unacceptable, as they could be considered racist or within the lines of offensive content. Many news sites in this day and age make the titles of their articles bigger than the actual text in order for people to first see the title and draw conclusions purely based off of the article. Keith Patterson, an Associate Director for TPS Western Region, touched in on this, saying that he too saw this all the time on the internet, “the sensational headlines and graphics.” This idea is also relevant in the form of clickbaiting, or drawing others by making something stand out. These were the same tactics that publishers like Pulitzer used back in the 1900s. Pulitzer was the publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World. His newspaper appealed to the Irish immigrants that were coming into New York, as he illustrated how uneducated some of the Irishmen were by using improper grammar and writing with an Irish-like accent. Yellow journalism, could be considered fake news because they are riddled with personal bias, whereas reliable news stories are void of that, and instead are used solely to report or inform others of events. That would be the biggest similarity to yellow journalism and fake news, disinformation, or propaganda in today’s world is that some news is biased or over exaggerated in order to appeal to or attract a certain audience.