The Yellow Kid on the Paper Stage
Introduction Origins of the Kid Class Warfare on the Urban Stage Race and Ethnicity Selling the Kid The Death of the Kid
"In at the Death."
"The City Boarder Thinks He Would Like to Mow."
"Another Tragedy."
"Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow-wow."
"A Presentation."
"The Brownies Foot Race."
"The Ting Lings Go a Fishing."
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Origins of the Kid: Street Arab, Slum Life, and Color Presses


The Yellow Kid = s rise as a commercial presence would not have happened without his namesake: yellow journalism. Media historian Frank Luther Mott listed some defining characteristics of yellow journalism: prominent headlines that A screamed excitement, often about comparatively unimportant news @ ; A lavish use of pictures, many of them without significance @ ; faked interviews and stories; a Sunday supplement and color comics; and a A more or less ostentatious sympathy with the > underdog, = with campaigns against abuses suffered by the common people. @ In his study of yellow journalism, W. Joseph Campbell explains that the term came about while New York Press editor Ervin Wardman was looking for a term to describe the new kind of journalism represented by Pulitzer = s New York World and William Randolph Hearst = s New York Journal ; he tried A new journalism @ and A nude journalism @ before seizing upon the phrase A yellow-kid journalism @ in January 1897, later abbreviated to A yellow journalism. @ Campbell says the Pulitzer-Hearst fight over the Yellow Kid--Outcault left Pulitzer to join Hearst in October 1896-- was not the immediate inspiration, but the Yellow Kid = s appearance on the Journal = s editorial page during his Around the World trip early in 1897 angered the editor. Wardman wrote, A The > new journalism = continues to think up a varied assortment of new lies. = @ It was one of only many products to carry the Kid = s name.

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Campbell 32. Campbell discounts other myths regarding the origination of A yellow journalism, @ including Bill Blackbeard = s claim that a September 1896 cross-country bicycle race sponsored by the Journal inspired the term; Blackbeard admitted the article reported to him could not be found. Campbell also says it = s unlikely the phrase was coined so early and then not used again until January 1897. (30)

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