Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The development of journalism in Kansas City parallels the development of the city itself. The first fledgling newspapers were influenced by the forces of national western expansion and the approaching Civil War. As the two Kansas Cities (Kansas and Missouri) grew in population, media consolidation occurred, and one newspaper company dominated print media by the early part of the twentieth century. With radio and television, the number of media outlets grew, but more recent events have led to nonlocal ownership and journalism that mirrors the national trends. Situated at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the twin cities of Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, grew both in population and physical size from initial settlements in the mid-nineteenth century. Early beginnings were influenced greatly by the larger context of the escalating western national expansion of the 1850s as well as the remnants of the fight over the ...