A Journalism of Humanity: A Candid History of the World's by Steve Weinberg

By Steve Weinberg

Now celebrating its centennial, the world's first journalism college used to be based through a newsman who lacked a school schooling. Weinberg attracts on inner files 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 venture. This account embraces school and employees individuals, scholars and alumni, supporters and detractors, because it covers all specialist sequences taught on the college. It captures the freewheeling debate that has been an indicator of the varsity and includes a wealth of insider element, from a customary day on the university in the course of the Williams period to stories of the Missouri Mafia.

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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.

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.

Williams nonetheless “requested full and objective coverage of all opposition” to the proposals, Thompson said. Whatever Williams’s shortcomings as a classroom teacher, he made up for them with his intellectual mentoring and career advice. As the school labored to win attention and then approval, Williams worked tirelessly on behalf of the students, as evidenced by a letter to the publisher of the Fulton Gazette. In addition to seeking a print outlet for the students, Williams hoped the publisher would help instruct about the line between legitimate editorial content and public relations: “Would it be worthwhile, as an advertisement to the Gazette, for you to pay the traveling expenses of one of our senior students in journalism, who would write two columns or more for the University Missourian about you?

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