Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yes, Walter Lippmann is taught on college campuses in the journalism departments

When I pointed out that Lippmann is widely considered the Father of Modern Journalism, I did of course overlook one thing. A rather large thing. As I pointed out then, Harvard has a monument to Walter Lippmann on it's campus, (Lippmann House, 1 Francis Ave, Cambridge, Middlesex, MA 02138) but what about what goes on inside this and other locations?

One of the items that I have had an extremely hard time locating is a book titled "A Test of the News", which Lippmann co-wrote with Charles Merz. The thought never really occurred to me until recently to go digging for it on college servers. Once I refined my searches it did not take long at all. As you can see here in this 2004 posting on the H-net:

I've scanned as image-PDF files both these works:

Lippmann and Merz, _A Test of The News_. (Supplement to The New Republic, August 4, 1920).

Will Irwin, _The American Newspaper_. Collier's Magazine, January - July 1911.

Both are basically unavailable; out of copyright; and among those works most cited in History of Journalism books and courses. I thought they might be of use to some of you.

Unfortunately, his upload of "Test of the News" doesn't work, though for anybody interested, I did locate Irwin's work quite some time ago. But if you follow the source back, you will see that the H-net is a part of the history department at Michigan State University.(MSU)

Its no problem that his upload does not work, I found it in the Debs papers at Indiana State University. This doesn't surprise me either(Debs' papers on showcase/collection at a college), considering that Eugene V. Debs was an important socialist leader, but that's not the point of my current posting.

The direct link to the PDF is here. I should hope that people would consider downloading this. Additionally, I uploaded the PDF file to a page on archive.org. Hopefully it should always be available to people online now.

Alternatively, this writing could also be of interest to those of you who are avid readers of/about the Russian Revolution.

This is significant because there are some things that just are not quotable in the way that I normally do, they're cultural. These are actions that people just take, not really thinking about it.(or rather, they are thinking about it) This shows the mindset of university journalism departments, in regard to what they deem "credible". Walter Lippmann is a hero to many of the people running them.


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