A Creed for My Profession: Walter Williams, Journalist to by Ronald T. Farrar

By Ronald T. Farrar

This very good biography offers for the 1st time a candid examine the awesome lifetime of Walter Williams, the fellow who based the world's first college of journalism and maybe contributed extra towards the advertising journalism than the other individual of his time.

Williams, the youngest of six childrens, used to be born in Boonville, Missouri, in 1864. by no means an athletic baby, he constantly had a love of books and of studying; but, he scarcely had a highschool schooling. He started his journalistic occupation as a printer's satan at seventy cents every week and finally turned editor and half- proprietor of a weekly in Columbia, Missouri. in the course of his time as an editor, Williams turned confident that journalism might by no means achieve its strength until eventually its practitioners had the chance for collage education of their box. After years of crusading, he validated the 1st journalism college, at the college of Missouri campus. Later, he was once selected president of the collage of Missouri, which he led with contrast in the course of the nice Depression.

Williams used to be an unwavering recommend of excessive expert criteria. His Journalist's Creed grew to become the most largely circulated codes ethics. Williams encouraged the arrogance of his fellow reporters, and he carried his message to just about each state during which newspapers have been released. not just did he invent journalism schooling, he additionally created worldwide agencies of newshounds and unfold the gospel of professionalism in the course of the international. His dying, in 1935, was once mourned through the usa, and editorial tributes got here from worldwide. As one British editor succinctly placed it, "Williams used to be no longer born to greatness. Neither used to be it thrust upon him. actually, he accomplished greatness."

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2. This quote, along with some background on the Battle of Boonville, is from Robert Selph Henry, The Story of the Confederacy (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1936),33 ff. " 3. Cosgrove, An Old House Speaks, 50. 20 A Creed for My Profession From there he launched an attack on Boonville, blowing past the barricades on the roadways, surrounding enemy headquarters in a fortified courthouse building, and forcing the Union troops to surrender. This skirmish, too, was over quickly. But the second Battle of Boonville turned out to be something other than a joyous deliverance.

While other members of the Williams family would become engaged in political causes, they did so mostly out of a sober sense of duty. Not so the third son, Louis Littlepage Williams, who got into politics for the sheer joy of it. From his early childhood, he was popular with his contemporaries and, naturally and effortlessly, a leader among them. He could organize a neighborhood athletic competition or an evening hayride with equal efficiency and zeal. S. marshal in Springfield and later as a deputy sheriff of Cooper County.

E. members were shocked, for example, when one visiting speaker, a Rabbi Sonneschein of St. " And Mrs. e. 50 apiece-a princely sum-to cover the box office deficit. 's behalf. From the outset, he was a valuable worker in each of the club's projects; increasingly, he became a leader of most of them. e. lasted seven years. e. members decided the club should be disbanded, "its mission being ended," as one of them wrote at the time. The closing ceremony was a formal dinner held at Boonville's leading restaurant.

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