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Snapshot of 1970s Journalism

While the city’s infrastructure decayed due to political corruption, cost of war and inflation, the arts in New York in the 1970s were booming. Similarly, journalism was on the cusp of revolution. The eve of “new journalism” – a style that mixed reporting of hard fact with aspects of fiction writing – in the 1960s and 1970s arguably changed journalism to this day. The new trend was in fact to ignore trends altogether. At the Village Voice, for example, “the editors were disaffected with liberalism, but the goal was to avoid ideology altogether,” according to an article in The New Yorker. At the same time, groups not typically represented – and perhaps still underrepresented – in journalism were struggling to find their voices. A group of women including Gloria Steinem thus founded Ms. Magazine. Below are articles that provide a snapshot of the journalism industry in New York in the 1970s.

“How Do You Spell Ms.” an article in New York Magazine by Abigail Pogrebin

“It Took a Village: How the Voice changed journalism,” an article in The New Yorker by Louis Menand