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April 15, 2012

Titanic was turning point in global news coverage

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NEW YORK —

Once again, journalism became history's proverbial first draft. On seeing the story, the committee summoned Gill, and his testimony added another colossal what-if to the Titanic narrative that has endured for a century in poems, songs, plays, movies, right down to TV's "Downton Abbey" today.

"It was the unthinkable tragedy," said Heyer, the communications professor. "Every factor that played into the Titanic becoming a myth played into the news coverage."

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Online: National Endowment for the Humanities catalogue of historic newspaper pages.

 

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