The giants of journalism continued on with their powerful encounters with the public realm through their crusades and various acts of service.
Politics and the Press
Both men of the press were heavily involved with politics, and were considered leading voices of the Democratic party.
While their views were certainly present in their newspapers, they were sure to include other viewpoints as well.
The Democratic Microbes. Pughe, J. S., 1904.
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Crowd Funding the Statue of Liberty
One of the most notable incidents of a public service campaign in the press is The World's funding of the pedestal for The Statue of Liberty.
Since The World's readers were primarily from the working class, funding to build the pedestal was fulfilled mostly by small donations. Journalism's encounter with community service crusades served as the first incident of crowd funding.
"There is but one thing that can be done. We must raise the money. The World is the people's paper, and it now appeals to come forward and raise this money... Take this appeal to yourself personally... Give something, however little..." — Joseph Pulitzer, urging for donations
All photos from The New York World.
The operation to finance the pedestal often filled the front-page cover of The World.
The New York World
Library of Congress
By 1885, The World had raised the $100,000 needed to build the pedestal from approximately 125,000 donations of $1 or less.