The inside story of the famous Iwo Jima photo

Daily News Article - March 2, 2015


NOTE: Today’s Daily News Article is a human interest story. Human interest stories differ from the regular news – they are sometimes referred to as “the story behind the story.”

The major news articles of the day tell of important happenings. Human interest stories tell of how those happenings have impacted the people or places around the story. These stories take a break from the more serious news material to highlight something light or funny, something unusual and often something inspiring.

1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. What/when was the battle of Iwo Jima? Be concise.

3. What reaction did the first placement of the American flag at the top of Mount Suribachi generate among our soldiers fighting on Iwo Jima?

4. What reaction did Joe Rosenthal’s photo of U.S. soldiers raising the flag on Iwo Jima generate in the U.S.? (Watch an interview with Joe Rosenthal under "Resources" below.)

5. AP photographer Joe Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize for his photo. What rumor/criticism did he face over the photo?