By Steve Weinberg
Now celebrating its centennial, the world's first journalism institution was once based by way of a newsman who lacked a faculty schooling. Weinberg attracts on inner files and correspondence to discover the politics of the college from its founding to the present--the struggles over assets in addition to the consistent conflict to stability scholarly goals with expert project. This account embraces college and employees contributors, scholars and alumni, supporters and detractors, because it covers all specialist sequences taught on the university. It captures the freewheeling debate that has been a trademark of the college and includes a wealth of insider aspect, from a customary day on the institution in the course of the Williams period to stories of the Missouri Mafia.
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He interacted tirelessly with potential advertisers, selling the advantages of reaching consumers through a daily newspaper. Students discussed their supervisors endlessly, as employees discuss their supervisors in every workplace. Williams as professor seems to have generated the most discussion of all. No ivory-tower or closed-door administrator, Williams placed himself on display in the classroom daily. He conceived the course called History and Principles of Journalism (shortened to “H and P” by just about everybody), which became a legend, for better and for worse.
Guy informed the manager of the Columbia Theater, “In view of the fact that the play produced in your theater last night was not of such a character that self-respecting people could witness it, the University Missourian wishes to notify you that it herewith cancels the existing contract in relation to advertising . . ” With or without certain advertising accounts, the newspaper slowly expanded its page count. On September 8, 1915, an editorial informed the readership of “the largest and most complete regular edition of the paper ever issued.
From time to time over the decades, the disagreement would flare into public view. Given the labor-intensive task of producing a daily newspaper, each faculty member hired in the Journalism School’s early years needed to demonstrate versatility, whether duty called in the newsroom or in the classroom. The catalog for the first year shows Newspaper Making as the laboratory course that produced the Missourian, with News-Gathering as a related course; Newspaper Administration and Comparative Journalism, both taught by Williams; Newspaper Jurisprudence, taught by Law School dean John D.
A Journalism of Humanity: A Candid History of the World's First Journalism School by Steve Weinberg