Penn State book focuses on Civil War’s impact on today’s media

"Civil War Journalism" by Ford RisleyEver wonder why today’s newspapers use photos and illustrations? It might be the influence of the Civil War.

“The practices, technological development you begin to see during the war — the importance of the telegraph, the use of illustrations, for example — and the growth in demand for newspapers, so many of these things came together during this remarkable and tragic event,” said Penn State professor and Department of Journalism head Ford Risley in a press release.

Risley’s new book, “Civil War Journalism,” published this fall, focuses on the war’s impact on today’s media.

The demand for information during wartime — specifically in the South, where most battles were fought — increased demand for newspapers and journalists. This demand, Risley said, continued after the war.

As for the photos? Another media innovation of wartime, when the public sought “a more visual and often a more graphic portrayal of war.”

“Civil War Journalism” is available from Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, for $37. Visit www.abc-clio.com for details.

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