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Creative Scriptwriting: MSP 4796

Research help for finding, evaluating, using source material to inform, enhance, and develop aspects of your creative writing, such as people, places and things.

What's So Great About Newspapers?

Stack of newspapers

Historic newspapers and magazines have unique qualities that make them great sources for scriptwriters to find:

  • Eyewitness accounts of events
  • Reporting on activities of state and local government
  • Advertisements for products and services
  • Photographs of people, places, and things
  • Obituaries and other genealogical information
  • Editorial cartoons and analysis of news and events
  • Language, slang, and stylistics of the era

Historic News Coverage (National & International)

tipChoose a news database that includes coverage from the years you desire. Look at different newspapers as each one reflects the community it serves, reporting on events, issues, and topics differently.