Joseph Pulitzer

József Pulitzer (1848 - 1911)

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József (Joseph) Pulitzer
Born in Makó, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empiremap
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Died in Charleston, Charleston Co.,, South Carolina, United Statesmap
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Joseph Pulitzer is Notable.

As a child, as well as through adulthood, Joseph Pulitzer was very eccentric and had always wanted to make a name for himself.

On his path to success he encountered many setbacks due to his frail health and to being foreign to the United States. Throughout his entire life he was ailed with illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, insomnia, chronic exhaustion, manic depression, and poor eyesight. Because of his health issues he was rejected from joining the Austrian Army, the British armed forces, and the French Foreign Legion. He was finally recruited into the Union Army, and eventually ended up in the United States where he struggled immensely due to his poor English and lack of money and prospects for work.

Joseph Pulitzer reached a turning point (defining moment) in his life when Carl Schurz hired him as a reporter for the German-language Westliche Post in St. Louis. This was the beginning of what would be Joseph Pulitzer’s climb to the top of the journalism industry and the spread of “yellow journalism.”

Pulitzer thrived in the journalism industry compared to his competitors because of his very determined, hardworking, and energetic personality.

Although Pulitzer never had a specific mentor during his career as a journalist, he owes the start of his career to Carl Schurz who gave him his first job in the United States.

Joseph Pulitzer had a tremendous impact on why journalism is what it is today. He was the first to use a concept now called “yellow journalism,” which is the concept of using eye-catching headlines filled with gossip and scandal in place of typical news stories in order to sell more newspapers. Pulitzer’s newspapers were the first to contain cartoons, a sports section, and many other features that point towards entertainment rather than information. He used this technique to turn struggling newspapers that he had bought out into thriving ones. When he was 36 years old, he bought the New York World newspaper, which he turned into one of the most successful newspapers in New York.

Joseph Pulitzer died on October 29, 1911 in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina[1]. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.[2].


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On 30 Oct 2009 Rachel Rios wrote:

"The power to mold the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations." -Joseph Pulitzer

On 30 Oct 2009 Rachel Rios wrote:

"Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life." -Joseph Pulitzer

On 30 Oct 2009 Rachel Rios wrote:

"Our republic and its press will rise or fall together." -Joseph Pulitzer

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On 30 Oct 2009 at 04:04 GMT Rachel Rios wrote:

Thomas, Dana. The Media Moguls. Toronto, Canada: Academis Press Canada Limited, 1981.

On 30 Oct 2009 at 04:02 GMT Rachel Rios wrote:

Whitelaw, Nancy. Makers of the Media: Joseph Pulitzer and the New York World. North Carolina: Morgan Reynolds, Inc., 2000.

On 30 Oct 2009 at 04:02 GMT Rachel Rios wrote:

"Joseph Pulitzer." American Decades. Gale Research, 1998. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.

On 30 Oct 2009 at 04:02 GMT Rachel Rios wrote:

"Joseph Pulitzer." Business Leader Profiles for Students. Vol. 1. Gale Research, 1999. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.

On 30 Oct 2009 at 04:01 GMT Rachel Rios wrote:

Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009.

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