Next week is National Newspaper Week, October 5-11. This year is the 74th observance, which celebrates the importance of newspapers to our communities.
Missouri Press has created four new features in our Famous Missouri Journalists series that are perfect resources for showcasing men and women who played major roles in journalism and other important arenas in our state. New this year are features on:
Walter Williams – fought for and won the establishment of the Missouri School of Journalism. Williams led the world’s first professional school, creating the Missouri Method.
Mary Paxton Keeley – the first woman to graduate from the Missouri School of Journalism. She said she was waiting at the door when Walter Williams opened it!
Lucille Bluford – a civil rights leader, she fought for the opportunity to attend the Missouri School of Journalism.
Walter Cronkite – a newspaper man whose broadcasting standards forged his legacy as the “Most Trusted Man in America.” Cronkite always considered Missouri his home and valued his newspaper roots.
Thanks to The Historical Society of Missouri for sharing its biographies and photographs with Missouri Press Association for this project.
The four new features join six original features in the series written by longtime Missouri Press Association historian Dr. William Taft. The original series has been converted to color and include: William Switzler, Joseph Charless, Mark Twain, Eugene Field, Joseph Pulitzer and the Missouri Press Association.
To access any or all of these features, visit www.mo-nie.com and used download code: mojournalists.