Making News: One Hundred Years of Journalism and Mass Communication at Carolina

Making News: One Hundred Years of Journalism and Mass Communication at Carolina

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By (author) Tom Bowers

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807833312
  • ISBN 13: 9780807833315
  • Illustrations note: 40 illustrations, notes, index

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This title discusses how the school was shaped by strong leadership. "Making News" is the story of how the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grew from a single course in the English department in 1909 to become an international leader in journalism - mass communication education. Bowers tells of strong leaders who shaped the program through their vision and personality, including one dean who was portrayed in a novel and another dean and a faculty member who were featured in newspaper comic strips. It is a story of how North Carolina newspaper editors pressured the university to change the journalism program and threatened to ask Duke University to start a journalism program if UNC did not change its program. It is a story of a dean whose dedication to academic excellence dramatically changed a school that had paid more attention to practical journalism than to academics. It is a story of another dean who transformed the school and raised millions of dollars to support its drive for excellence. The story is enriched by many personalities, including Graham, Graves, Coffin, Luxon, Adams, Cole, McPherson, Ferlinghetti, Spearman, Shumaker, Sechriest, and Morrison.

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TOM BOWERS is professor emeritus at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught from 1971 to 2006. He was associate dean and senior associate dean for twenty-four years and interim dean in 2005-2006.

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"A story of conflict and tension about the school's mission, a study in leadership, and, indirectly, a history of the changes in the way the mass media communicates with the public."--D.G. Martin, "The Chapel Hill News"

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Bowers relates the story of how the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grew from a single course in the English department in 1909 to become an international leader in journalism-mass communication education.