America’s Best: The Classics

TOP 10 TIPS.pngHarold A. Littledale: “Prisoners With Midnight in Their Hearts”

Described as, “A 1917 Crime and Courts Classic,” Harold Littledale revealed the inside scoop on prison life in America in the New York Evening Post. He utilized repetition, starting each paragraph with, “It is a fact.” The authority and authenticity of the work created a political statement at the time and Littledale won the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for reporting.

WP_William_Allen_WhiteWilliam Allen White: “Mary White”

Described as, “A 1921 Obituaries and Funerals Classic,” William Allen White was the most famous and influential small-town newspaper publisher in America by the time of his death in 1943. His most famous news story was the result of a tragedy; his daughter was knocked off a horse and died.

hickok_s61Lorena A. Hickok: “Iowa Village Waits All Night for Glimpse at Fleeting Train”

Described as, “A 1923 Deadline Classic,” Lorena Hickok was persistent and dedicated and persuaded her editor to give her more articles than just the typical “female” articles. Hickok uses dialogue and chronological structure to convey the event’s excitement. She formed a close relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and then stopped reporting on the Roosevelt family but then wrote a biography of her.

220px-Richard_WrightRichard Wright: “Joe Louis Uncovers Dynamite”

Described as, “ A 1935 Deadline Classic,” White had a hard time getting his opinions on race into the mainstream media. He always gave the reader more, diving in head first and committing. He always explored the meaning of the events taking place. His piece reminds readers about the untold stories and stifled voices in America.

download (2)Dorothy Thompson: “Mr. Welles and Mass Delusion”

Described as, “A 1938 Opinion and Persuasion Classic,” Dorothy Thompson had a bold writing style. She dives into the deeper meaning and comments on the unidentified issues. She became one of the most influential journalists of the first half of the 20th century.

Ernie_Pyle_cph.3b08817Ernie Pyle: “The Death of Captain Henry Waskow”

Described as, “A 1944 Obituaries and Funerals Classic,” Ernie Pyle became a national hero for his Scripps Howard newspaper about common, everyday soldiers. He used “I” and “we” to connect with the community he covered, he was not an outsider. He used an expressive lead, dramatic setting, and an honest array of emotions.


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