I use this resource in my high school classroom when I am teaching my students about yellow journalism and how it contributed to the start of the Spanish-American War.
The first part of this activity has students work with a partner to complete a mad libs style exercise. They will use one of the original articles about the U.S.S. Maine explosion and fill in the blanks with random terms as a way to demonstrate how outrageous yellow journalism can be. The original version of the article is also included so that students can see how different their versions are.
Next, students are given a more modern news article and will have to rewrite the article line by line using yellow journalism tactics to exaggerate the truth or flat out lie. Both exercises are done to demonstrate the potential consequences of yellow journalism.