By Steve Weinberg
Now celebrating its centennial, the world's first journalism tuition used to be based by way of a newsman who lacked a school schooling. Weinberg attracts on inner records 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 targets with specialist project. This account embraces school and employees participants, scholars and alumni, supporters and detractors, because it covers all specialist sequences taught on the institution. It captures the freewheeling debate that has been an indicator of the varsity 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.
The newspaper continued to distinguish itself during its first month, especially considering the inexperience of most of the student reporters and editors. ” A news story explains how the popularity of the automobile is depressing sales prices for horses. University of Missouri freshmen are hazed in print, as upperclassmen poke fun at them. ” From the start, the newspaper did not aggrandize Walter Williams; he is not mentioned significantly even once during the first two weeks. That counted as a positive.
Despite personal inconvenience—Columbia, Missouri, would never constitute a convenient travel destination for those residing out of state or in the state’s two large bookend cities— guest lecturers made the journey. They included Norman Hapgood of Collier’s Weekly; Walter Wellman, Washington correspondent for the Chicago Record; and Henry Schott of the Kansas City Star. Williams also persuaded professors from elsewhere on the campus to serve as guest lecturers after conceiving short courses familiarizing fledgling journalists with the terminology of the disciplines they would write about.