By Steve Weinberg

Now celebrating its centennial, the world's first journalism tuition was once based by way of a newsman who lacked a faculty 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 targets with expert project. This account embraces college and employees individuals, scholars and alumni, supporters and detractors, because it covers all expert sequences taught on the institution. It captures the freewheeling debate that has been a trademark of the college and encompasses a wealth of insider element, from a regular day on the college in the course of the Williams period to stories of the Missouri Mafia.

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Long before the term environmentalism became common, the editorial page campaigned to reduce the use of soft coal and increase the use of cleaner natural gas. Improved garbage disposal, more intelligent automobile traffic routing, clearer street signage, better allocation of city water and light department revenue, and municipal health regulations aimed at low-quality milk constituted some of the editorial-page campaigns. As a generalization, hard-hitting editorials became less common in later decades.

It is submitted that this is competition. The state pays for the paper, for printing, and employs the publishers. ” Other Missouri publishers agreed with Watson; broadsides appeared in the St. Louis Star, Mexico Ledger, and Hannibal Morning Journal. Williams countered the complaints at a Missouri Press Association meeting in Fulton: “Our school seeks to do for journalism what schools of law, medicine, and agriculture have done for those vocations. Previous to the existence of those schools, training in those fields was obtainable only in the lawyer’s office, the doctor’s office, and on the farm.

The dilemma of whether the Missourian should appear in the morning or afternoon never entirely abated, either. The discussion revolved around which time slot would best serve educational purposes, would please the largest number of readers, and would least anger publishers trying to earn a livelihood without the advantage of university backing. The state legislature proved to be responsive to the publishers after the University of Missouri president and the Board of Curators failed to do the bidding of the Tribune’s Watson as well as the publishers of Columbia’s other newspapers.

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