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Title UPA A Century Later
Subject Newspapers; Newspaper publishing; Journalism
Creator Utah Press Association
Publisher Utah Press Association
Contributors Cornwell, J. M.
Date 1996
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier PN4844.U8 U8 1996
Source Original Book: UPN A Century Later
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 14 cm x 21.5 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
ARK ark:/87278/s6319w0z
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416710
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Title ChapterThree-Page27
Description CHAPTER THREE The Territory's Earliest Newspapers Newspapers were easy to conceive in early Utah, but difficult to maintain. The perception of Utah held by journalists in other parts of the country may have been the reason they proliferated. In his historic From Quill to Computer, Robert Karolevitz explains, "Wherever a Mormon settlement was established, a newspaper became a priority concern. The Nauvoo Neighbor in Illinois preceded the Deseret News at Salt Lake." It is true that Mormon communities were eager to have a newspaper in their midst. History, though, underscores the fact that more often than not those publications died of malnutrition, perhaps because the publisher him(her)self didn't comfortably fit into the town. No files exist of many papers that arrived and departed within extremely brief time spans, but they're traced through other written records and personal reminiscences. Much of that information was compiled by the late J. Cecil Alter and is preserved in his book, Early Utah Journalism, published in 1938. As director of the Utah State Historical Society, Alter had a preferred position from which to do his lengthy study. In all, 585 papers are known to have existed from the 1850s until the second decade of this century, Alter points out. Additionally, he notes that "Seventy newspapers have come and gone since the World War!" He referred to World War One, 1918; not Two, 1945. Alter adds: "Seven or eight country newspapers have perished in Utah for every one that remains in existence today." Actually, many others met their demise after Alter's 1938 observation but while openings and closings have taken place in subsequent years there have been significantly fewer numbers. Print journalism in Utah owes a huge vote of thanks to 27
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Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416038
Reference URL