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The Puritan Influence on the Press

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

Christian belief and the 325th anniversary of American newspapers:  America’s first newspaper was published 325 years ago in Boston.  Publications in the 17th century usually put out only news that would make the king or his officials look good, but New England Puritans encouraged the reporting of bad news because they saw everything, good and bad, as a message from God.  This overview can assist students with assessing the role or non-role of religion in a free press.

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