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For much of Kansas history, newspapers were the voice of communities and the source of information about what was happening in Kansas, the United States, and the world. Journalists worked to document the lives of local citizens. They reported on the usual and unusual occurrences in the community. They marked the opening and closing of businesses and activities at local organizations. They kept track of city council, county commissioner, and Kansas legislative developments. When county seat wars and political rhetoric were the topics of the day, newspapers added their voices to the discussion. The Historical Society's collection of local newspapers is among the most comprehensive in the nation. In the early 2000s many of the state’s newspapers began to deliver digital versions.

In the 1920s radio stations came to Kansas and provided an additional voice for news. They offered entertainment and advertising opportunities as well. Television came to Kansas in the 1950s. Television and radio stations in the early 2000s added digital and online channels as another way to deliver news and entertainment.

The Kansas Historical Society's collections also include these items related to news and journalism.


Entry: Journalism

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: February 2016

Date Modified: August 2016

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