Newspaper Analysis Of Apollo 11

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Whitney Kline Apollo 11 Newspaper Analysis “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This famous quote by Neil Armstrong has become a staple in our world’s history of scientific achievements. On July 21st, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first 2 men to step foot on the moon. This historical event put the American people, as well as most of the World, at a standstill. The media coverage was astronomical throughout the entire event, reporting on everything from the actual space achievement, the events logistics, and the people’s reactions back on earth. Researching this event, since it was so monumental, I wanted to see how the bigger cities reported on the event. Was it watered down because there was so much other news to cover? Or was this one of the main things they focused on in the days following? Looking at articles from The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, I found many similarities and differences within their tone, focus, and formality. The main similarity is the content reported in each corresponding day of each paper. On the day of the actual event, each newspaper seemed to focus more on how people back on Earth were reacting to this historical event, which I will talk about more in depth, and really capturing the spirit and vibes among the people. On the contrary, each paper did differ in certain aspects such as vocabulary and longevity of coverage. I will highlight these differences and more in the next few pages. Let’s take a look at how the papers were similar to one another. As I previously mentioned, the articles written on July 21st, 1969 from each paper were fairly similar in content. They all focused on the fact that man had landed on the moon and how the people around the community and world reacted. Each article had at least one interview with

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