Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted to Claremont Colleges Dissertation

Degree Name

History, PhD


School of Arts and Humanities

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

James Morrison

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Janet Farrell Brodie

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

JoAnna Poblete

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Hearst, Hollywood, Newsreel, Yellow Journalism

Subject Categories

Film and Media Studies | United States History


This dissertation examines the production and manipulation of the American newsreel by focusing on William Randolph Hearst’s influential approach to American journalism, his diverse partnerships throughout Hollywood, and his pressure on American politics at the beginning of the twentieth century. By engaging raw footage, newspaper advertisements, Hearst editorials, and the practices of competing newsreel companies, this project argues Hearst applied his journalistic practices to motion picture newsreels. Along with his printed papers, Hearst used his news films and Hollywood partnerships to forward his own interpretation of patriotism and Americanism. Newsreels play an important role in our understanding of the past and are often perceived as primary source material for students of American history. By complicating the authenticity of newsreel footage with established scholarship of Hearst’s motivations in “yellow journalism,” I study the manipulation of Hearst newsreels as an important contributor to the development and legacy of the American newsreel.



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