The Info List - New York World

--- Advertisement ---

The New York World
New York World
was a newspaper published in New York City from 1860 until 1931. The paper played a major role in the history of American newspapers. It was a leading national voice of the Democratic Party. From 1883 to 1911 under publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it became a pioneer in yellow journalism, capturing readers' attention and pushing its daily circulation to the one-million mark.


1 Early years 2 Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
years 3 Later years 4 Legacy 5 Revival 6 Notable journalists of the World 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Early years[edit] The World was formed in 1860. From 1862 to 1876, it was edited by Manton Marble, who was also its proprietor. In 1864, the World was shut down for three days after it published forged documents purportedly from Abraham Lincoln.[2] Marble, disgusted by the defeat of Samuel Tilden
Samuel Tilden
in the 1876 presidential election, sold the paper after the election to a group headed by Thomas A. Scott, the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, who used the paper "as a propaganda vehicle for his stock enterprises."[3] But Scott was unable to meet the newspaper's growing losses, and in 1879 he sold the newspaper to financier Jay Gould
Jay Gould
as part of a deal that also included the Texas & Pacific Railroad. [3] Gould, like Scott, used the paper for his own purposes, employing it to help him take over Western Union. But Gould could not turn the financial state of the newspaper around, and by the 1880s, it was losing $40,000 a year.[3] Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
years[edit] Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
bought the World in 1883 and began an aggressive era of circulation building. Reporter Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly
became one of America's first investigative journalists, often working undercover. As a publicity stunt for the paper, inspired by the Jules Verne
Jules Verne
novel Around the World in Eighty Days, she traveled around the planet in 72 days in 1889–1890. In 1890, Pulitzer built the New York World Building, the tallest office building in the world at the time. In 1889, Julius Chambers
Julius Chambers
was appointed by Pulitzer as managing editor of the New York World; he served until 1891.[4]

Advertising poster for the July 28, 1895, New York Sunday World

In 1896, the World began using a four-color printing press; it was the first newspaper to launch a color supplement, which featured The Yellow Kid cartoon Hogan's Alley. It joined a circulation battle with William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal American. In 1899 Pulitzer along with Hearst were the cause of the newsboys' strike of 1899 which led to Pulitzer's circulation dropping by 70%. The World was attacked for being "sensational", and its circulation battles with Hearst's Journal American gave rise to the term yellow journalism. The charges of sensationalism were most frequently leveled at the paper by more established publishers, who resented Pulitzer's courting of the immigrant classes.[citation needed] And while the World presented its fair share[clarification needed] of crime stories, it also published damning exposés of tenement abuses. After a heat wave in 1883 killed a disproportionate number of poor children, the World published stories about it, featuring such headlines as "Lines of Little Hearses". Its coverage spurred action in the city for reform. Hearst reproduced Pulitzer's approach in the San Francisco Examiner and later in the Journal American.

1904 political cartoon of President Theodore Roosevelt

Frank Irving Cobb was employed on a trial basis as the editor of the World in 1904 by publisher Pulitzer. Cobb was a fiercely independent Kansan who resisted Pulitzer's attempts to "run the office" from his home. The elder man was so invested in the paper that he continually meddled with Cobb's work. The two found common ground in their support of Woodrow Wilson, but they had many other areas of disagreement.[citation needed] When Pulitzer's son took over administrative responsibility of The World in 1907, his father wrote a precisely worded resignation. Cobb had it printed in every New York paper—except the World. Pulitzer raged at the insult, but slowly began to respect Cobb's editorials and independent spirit. Exchanges, commentaries, and messages between them increased. The good rapport between the two was based largely on Cobb's flexibility. In May 1908, Cobb and Pulitzer met to outline plans for a consistent editorial policy.[citation needed] Pulitzer's demands for editorials on contemporary breaking news led to overwork by Cobb. The publisher sent his managing editor on a six-week tour of Europe to restore his spirit. Shortly after Cobb's return, Pulitzer died. Cobb then published Pulitzer's resignation. Cobb retained the editorial policies he had shared with Pulitzer until he died of cancer in 1923.[5] Later years[edit] When Pulitzer died in 1911, he passed control of the World to his sons Ralph, Joseph and Herbert. The World continued to grow under its executive editor Herbert Bayard Swope, who hired writers such as Frank Sullivan and Deems Taylor. Among the World's noted journalists were columnists Franklin Pierce Adams
Franklin Pierce Adams
(F.P.A.) who wrote "The Conning Tower," Heywood Broun who penned "It Seems To Me" on the editorial page, and hardboiled writer James M. Cain. C. M. Payne
C. M. Payne
created several comic strips for the newspaper. The paper published the first crossword puzzle in December 1913. The annual reference book, called The World Almanac, was founded by the newspaper, and its name, World Almanac, is directly descended from the newspaper. The paper ran a twenty-article series that was an exposé on the 20th-century revival of the Ku Klux Klan, starting September 6, 1921. In 1931, Pulitzer's heirs went to court to sell the World. A surrogate court judge decided in the Pulitzer sons' favor; Roy W. Howard purchased the newspaper for his Scripps-Howard
chain. He closed the World and laid off the staff of 3,000 after the final issue was printed on February 27, 1931. Howard added the World name to his afternoon paper, the Evening Telegram, and called it the New York World-Telegram. Legacy[edit] Janet E. Steele argues that Pulitzer put a stamp on his age when he brought his brand of journalism from St. Louis
St. Louis
to New York in 1883. In his New York World, Pulitzer emphasized illustrations, advertising, and a culture of consumption for working men. He believed they saved money to enjoy life with their families when they could, at Coney Island, for example.[6] By contrast, the long-established editor Charles A. Dana, of The Sun, held to a traditional view of the working man as one engaged in a struggle to better his working conditions and to improve himself. Dana thought that readers in the 20th century followed fewer faddish illustrations and wished newspapers did not need advertising. Dana resisted buying a Linotype. These two editors, and their newspapers, reflected two worlds—one old, one new—and Pulitzer won.[6] Revival[edit] On May 16, 2011, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced that it was launching an online publication named The New York World, in honor of the original newspaper published by Pulitzer, who founded the graduate school. The university said the mission of the publication would be "to provide New York City citizens with accountability journalism about government operations that affect their lives." It is to be staffed mainly by those who have completed master's or doctoral degrees, and other affiliates of the school.[7] Notable journalists of the World[edit]

Eunice Eloisae Gibbs Allyn John A. Arneaux
John A. Arneaux
(1855–) Harriet Hubbard Ayer
Harriet Hubbard Ayer
(1849–1903) John L. Balderston (1889–1954) Djuna Barnes
Djuna Barnes
(1892–1982) Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly
(Elizabeth Jane Cochrane) (1864–1922) Heywood Broun (1888–1939) Irvin S. Cobb
Irvin S. Cobb
(1876–1944) Eliza Archard Conner
Eliza Archard Conner
(1838–1912) Varina Davis, columnist after her move to New York; widow of the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis[8] Howard C. Hillegas
Howard C. Hillegas
(1872–1918) Walter Lippman (1889–1974) St. Clair McKelway (1905–1980) William Brown Meloney (1878–1925) Charles Edward Russell
Charles Edward Russell
(1886–1894) Frank Sullivan (1892–1976) Deems Taylor
Deems Taylor
(1885–1966) Albert Payson Terhune
Albert Payson Terhune

See also[edit]

History of American newspapers


^ Swanberg 1967, p. 417. ^ "Manton Marble, Publicist, Dead. Editor and Owner of The New York World from 1862 to 1876 Dies in England at 82. Noted Political Writer. His Famous "Letter to Abraham Lincoln" Followed President's Suspension of His Newspaper. His Letter to President Lincoln". New York Times. July 25, 1917. Manton Marble died this morning of old age at the home of his son-in-law, Sir Martin Conway, Allington Castle, near Maidstone. Mr. Marble, who had been living in England quietly for twenty years, began to fail last Christmas.  ^ a b c Swanberg 1967, p. 67. ^ Dictionary of American Biography (1936) Charles Scribner's Sons, New York ^ Louis M. Starr (June 1, 1968). " Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
and his most "indegoddampendent" editor". New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2009.  ^ a b Janet E. Steele (1990). "The 19th Century World Versus the Sun: Promoting Consumption (Rather than the Working Man)". Journalism Quarterly. 67 (3): 592–600.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "The New York World
New York World
(online)", Press release, Columbia Journalism School ^ Cashin, Joan. First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis's Civil War, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006, pp. 6–7

Swanberg, W.A. Pulitzer. New York; Charles A. Scribner & Sons, 1967. Further reading[edit]

Brian, Denis. Pulitzer: A Life. Wiley, 2001. 438 pp. Dorwart, Jeffrey M. "James Creelman, the 'New York World' and the Port Arthur Massacre" Journalism Quarterly 50.4 (Winter 1973): 697+. Juergens, George. Joseph Pulitzer
Joseph Pulitzer
and the New York World
New York World

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to New York World.

has original text related to this article: New York World

Works by or about New York World
New York World
at Internet Archive Original New York World
New York World
articles at Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly
Online Slate article about the World Magazine's graphic design New York World
New York World
of the Columbia School of Journalism The story of a page; thirty years of public service and public discussion in the editorial columns of the New York World
New York World

v t e

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

New York Times
New York Times
(1918) Milwaukee Journal (1919) Boston Post (1921) New York World
New York World
(1922) Memphis Commercial Appeal (1923) New York World
New York World

Complete list (1918–1925) (1926–1950) (1951–1975) (1976–2000) (2001–2025)

v t e

Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

Columbus Enquirer Sun (1926) Canton Daily News (1927) Indianapolis Times (1928) New York Evening World (1929) Atlanta Constitution (1931) Indianapolis News
Indianapolis News
(1932) New York World-Telegram
New York World-Telegram
(1933) Medford Mail Tribune (1934) The Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento Bee
(1935) Cedar Rapids Gazette (1936) St. Louis
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch (1937) Bismarck Tribune (1938) Miami Daily News (1939) Waterbury Republican & American (1940) St. Louis
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch (1941) Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
(1942) Omaha World-Herald
Omaha World-Herald
(1943) New York Times
New York Times
(1944) Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
(1945) Scranton Times (1946) Baltimore Sun (1947) St. Louis
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch (1948) Nebraska State Journal (1949) Chicago Daily News
Chicago Daily News
and St. Louis
St. Louis
Post-Dispatch (1950)

Complete list (1918–1925) (1926–1950) (1951–1975) (1976–2