By Steve Weinberg
Now celebrating its centennial, the world's first journalism institution 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 college from its founding to the present--the struggles over assets in addition to the consistent conflict to stability scholarly goals with expert venture. This account embraces college and employees individuals, scholars and alumni, supporters and detractors, because it covers all specialist sequences taught on the institution. It captures the freewheeling debate that has been a trademark of the college and features a wealth of insider element, from a regular day on the college through the Williams period to stories of the Missouri Mafia.
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The requests for interviews piled up, as the new journalism school and its proposed newspaper attracted lots of attention. Harper’s Weekly editor George Harvey, who during 1908 presented a Yale University lecture advocating specialized journalism education, ran a story on June 27, 1908, about Williams’s plan. Numerous commentators, including those at the Kansas City Journal, used the occasion to praise the choice of Williams as dean. Other commentators, while having nothing against Williams personally, wondered why anybody believed journalism could be taught effectively in a university setting.
As a result, tension between the news people and the picture people seems to have been minimal, or downright nonexistent. The same blanket statement cannot be made about the relationship between news faculty and advertising faculty. Sure, the Missourian needed advertising, but the news faculty worried that the revenue tail might end up wagging the information dog, that concerns about offending advertisers might compromise gutsy coverage. Advertising and public relations students often constituted at least half the enrollment of the Journalism School.
A new building with up-to-date equipment pleased Williams. But he still needed to find money for newsprint, equipment repair and replacement, wages for pressmen, and salaries for the faculty editors. Williams conceived a plan to Not Merely a Student Newspaper 33 place the newspaper on relatively sound financial footing, then asked the advice of three graduates who lived nearby and had developed business expertise: Frank W. Rucker, advertising manager for the Independence Examiner, later a Missouri Journalism School faculty member and author of a 1964 Williams biography; Harry E.