By Ronald T. Farrar

This terrific biography presents for the 1st time a candid examine the awesome lifetime of Walter Williams, the guy who based the world's first college of journalism and maybe contributed extra towards the promoting journalism than the other individual of his time.

Williams, the youngest of six kids, used to be born in Boonville, Missouri, in 1864. by no means an athletic baby, he continuously had a love of books and of studying; but, he scarcely had a highschool schooling. He started his journalistic profession as a printer's satan at seventy cents every week and finally turned editor and half- proprietor of a weekly in Columbia, Missouri. in the course of his time as an editor, Williams grew to become confident that journalism may by no means achieve its power till its practitioners had the chance for collage education of their box. After years of crusading, he confirmed the 1st journalism tuition, at the college of Missouri campus. Later, he used to be selected president of the collage of Missouri, which he led with contrast through the nice Depression.

Williams used to be an unwavering suggest of excessive specialist criteria. His Journalist's Creed turned the most greatly circulated codes ethics. Williams encouraged the boldness of his fellow reporters, and he carried his message to almost each state within which newspapers have been released. not just did he invent journalism schooling, he additionally created worldwide agencies of reporters and unfold the gospel of professionalism in the course of the global. His dying, in 1935, was once mourned through the usa, and editorial tributes got here from around the globe. As one British editor succinctly positioned it, "Williams used to be now not born to greatness. Neither was once it thrust upon him. actually, he completed greatness."

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