By Steve Weinberg
Now celebrating its centennial, the world's first journalism university used to be based by means of a newsman who lacked a faculty schooling. Weinberg attracts on inner records and correspondence to discover the politics of the varsity from its founding to the present--the struggles over assets in addition to the consistent conflict to stability scholarly goals with specialist challenge. This account embraces college and employees participants, scholars and alumni, supporters and detractors, because it covers all expert sequences taught on the college. It captures the freewheeling debate that has been a trademark of the college and features a wealth of insider aspect, from a customary day on the university throughout the Williams period to stories of the Missouri Mafia.
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Was very small; also, it met in a very small room in old Switzler Hall. There was something about the intimacy of our relationship as teacher and students in that class which made his discussions more impressive. He talked about the policies and services of the great La Prensa of Buenos Aires and the influence of the Times of London. He mentioned many great editors and newspapers— many of the editors being those of the past, though he did not overlook the great journalists of the present. ” As the editorial writing professor, Williams became involved in local issues but reputedly refused to use his influence to bend coverage in any direction.
Despite the brevity of the visit, Williams felt comfortable including social commentary in the booklet, an indication of the seriousness and passion he carried everywhere. An example: “Ireland is the saddest country. In Palestine where the people are poor and suffering there are smiling harvests and the land laughs in the sunlight. In Spain where wretchedness is the common heritage of the peasant folk, the skies are gorgeous with coloring and the climate holds continuous jubilee. But in Ireland the hillside and the meadow, the bare backs of the mountains and the blackened bogs seem to sympathize with the Irish people.
Quinn as Journalism School stenographer. After a year of teaching, Bent returned to newspapering in Chicago, in part because he and Williams did not mesh well. Bent’s big-city wit, irreverence, and party-going fitted poorly with Williams’s preference for a more sober demeanor among his faculty members. Inventing the First Journalism School 21 The most important fallout from Bent’s departure turned out to be not his loss but rather the gain of Frank Lee Martin. A Kansas City Star staff writer, Martin met Williams during 1905 when the reporter traveled to Columbia to learn about a rumored typhoid fever epidemic; Williams, victimized by the fever, became an interviewee, then a social acquaintance, and finally a mentor.
A Journalism of Humanity: A Candid History of the World's First Journalism School by Steve Weinberg