Category Archives: Journalism

“Fake News”

The topic of “fake news” has been in the media of late. Many Americans may believe that this is a new phenomenon; sadly, it is not. Fake news has long been one of the center pieces of American political life. … Continue reading

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In Philadelphia

  John Norvell had written to Thomas Jefferson in 1807 asking his opinion of a career in the press, which Jefferson felt was a dishonorable profession filled liars and with those he viewed, at times, as enemies.  Norvell, unlike Jefferson, … Continue reading

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Letters to Mr. Jefferson

Americans today view their president for the most part as a distant figure, protected by the secret service, and for the most part unreachable. It is surprising then to note that in the 19th century, Americans often wrote to the … Continue reading

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A Letter to Mr. Jefferson

In 1807, my great great grandfather John Norvell, then a 17 year-old boy, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson, then president of the United States, asking him about his opinion of journalism as a future career. Danville, K[y]. May 9, … Continue reading

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