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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 image/jpeg
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
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z

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Title Page266
Description UTAH PRESS ASSOCIATION producing the type used in page makeup. As a result of these speedier techniques, deadlines have shrunk from days to hours. Thankfully, the obstacles of early newspapering didn't turn everyone away. The more dedicated ones, in spite of the problems, remained to record with considerable skill the important happenings that form today's history. Once the foremost hurdle in a publisher's life was overcome -- that of achieving financial stability through a combination of readership and advertising -- the next challenge was a delicate one. It called for blending words together editorially in such a way that the interest of most readers was piqued but the temper of some others wasn't unleashed. The role of an editor in early-day Utah newspapering wasn't suited to the timid. The title called for someone who forthrightly asserted his (or her) views - and sometimes suffered the consequences. "(Or her)" refers to the comparative handful of women who demonstrated a certain amount of valor through simply publishing a frontier newspaper. And even more courage when writing a challenging editorial sure to not only result in scathing rebuttal but perhaps tempt physical abuse. If the latter ever occurred, it wasn't recorded. Not for a lady publisher, in any event. But there are countless instances of male journalists being assaulted by one or more angry readers. And a few cases where the writer himself dealt the punishment after being duly provoked. "The pioneer editor usually considered himself a weakling if he did not stand positively and aggressively for or against something, monitoring the thoughts and actions of the community with the dignity and severity of a Dictator - even if at the same time he was guilty of neglecting to print news items in his columns, or to meet his creditor's bills when due," explained J. Cecil Alter in his book, Early Utah Journalism. He continued, "Most of the personal editors at one time or another, ran pell mell down the lane of their editorial columns smack into a libel suit, or, more frequently, into that quicker and 'hurtier' obstacle - a sledge-hammer fist. Gunshot wounds, 266
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Identifier 275-UPA_Page266.jpg
Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416277
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416277