Pulitzer's School: Columbia University's School of Journalism, 1903-2003 by James Boylan

Pulitzer's School: Columbia University's School of Journalism, 1903-2003

byJames Boylan

Kobo ebook | November 12, 2003

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Marking the centennial of the founding of Columbia University's school of journalism, this candid history of the school's evolution is set against the backdrop of the ongoing debate over whether journalism can—or should—be taught in America's universities.

Originally known as "the Pulitzer School" in honor of its chief benefactor, the newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer, Columbia's school of journalism has long been a significant and highly visible presence in the journalism community. But at the turn of the twentieth century, when the school was originally conceived, journalism was taught either during an apprenticeship at a newspaper office or as a vocational elective at a few state universities—no Ivy League institution had yet dared to teach a common "trade" such as journalism. It was Pulitzer's vision, and Columbia's decision to embrace and cultivate his novel idea, that would eventually help legitimize and transform the profession. Yet despite its obvious influence and prestige, the school has experienced a turbulent, even contentious history. Critics have assailed the school for being disengaged from the real world of working journalists, for being a holding tank for the mediocre and a citadel of the establishment, while supporters—with equal passion—have hailed it for upholding journalism's gold standard and for nurturing many of the profession's most successful practitioners.

The debate over the school's merits and shortcomings has been strong, and at times vehement, even into the twenty-first century. In 2002, the old argument was reopened and the school found itself publicly scrutinized once again. Had it lived up to Pulitzer's original vision of a practical, uncompromising, and multifaceted education for journalists? Was its education still relevant to the needs of contemporary journalists? Yet after all the ideological arguments, and with its future still potentially in doubt, the school has remained a magnet for the ambitious and talented, an institution that provides intensive training in the skills and folkways of journalism. Granted unprecedented access to archival records, James Boylan has written the definitive account of the struggles and enduring legacy of America's premiere school of journalism.

James Boylan is professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he taught journalism and history from 1979 to 1991. He was previously a member of the journalism faculty at Columbia (1957-1979), and was the founding editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He has also edited an anthology drawn from Pulitzer's ...
Title:Pulitzer's School: Columbia University's School of Journalism, 1903-2003Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 12, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231500173

ISBN - 13:9780231500173


Table of Contents

I Have Selected Columbia
Schools for Journalists?
Dealing with a Wild Man
A Posthumous Affair
We Will Start Right Away
A Building Called Journalism
What Journalism Will Do to Columbia
If Sedition Is to Be Excluded
Red Apple and Maraschino Cherry
The First Dean
Ackerman Hails Stand of Press
The Graduate School
Speaking to Cabots
My Dear Dean
Outpost in Chungking
Sweat and Tears
Postwar Ventures
The Dean and the Prizes
Training Ground
The Pulitzer Mandate
From Dropout to Dean
Why a Review?
Era of Expansion
Edging Toward the Abyss
Desperately Seeking a Dean
Welcome to the Joint
Hohenberg and the Prizes
Meeting Fatigue
It Appears You Have a New Dean
CJR-From New Management to Old
Sour Apples
To the Exits
The Conglomerate
Deans' Row
Trying to Stretch the Year
Clearly Insufficient
Has the Pulitzer Idea Survived?
On Sources

Editorial Reviews

At a time of intense controversy about the press, James Boylan has written a candid, fascinating account of the best-known school for educating journalists. The Columbia Journalism School is undergoing its own revolution these days. Perhaps it will move back toward the goal, set by Joseph Pulitzer in 1902, that Boylan recalls: to teach journalists about 'politics, literature, government, constitutional principles.' James Boylan has written a detailed and unvarnished account of the first truly serious school of journalism in the country that befits a professional historian. But he has also written--God save us--a highly readable book, which will be equally compelling to serious readers of the daily news, professional journalists, and academics.