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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 Page273
Description THE LURE OF NEWSPAPERING eight-decade period during which, for the most part, verbal sparring over Mormon policies has been an "off limits" topic. The Tribune was by no means alone in that argument, though. Its unique position is only that it's hale and hearty today while virtually all of yesteryear's co-participants have long since been interred in journalistic cemeteries. The exception, because it swiftly realized its policy was suicidal, is the Park Record. Because it did, it, too, still stands. Considering the population dominance of Latter-day Saints in Utah, it's understandable that papers espousing anti-Mormon doctrine were usually answered by three or four publications on the other side of the editorial fence. And a third segment in the picture was the group of papers which neither criticized nor defended and consequently was never on record about the "irrepressible conflict." Among the publications which quite plainly stamped themselves during the 1855-1916 era were: The Valley Tan, printed in Salt Lake City but aimed toward a Camp Floyd audience. It was launched November 6, 1858 and from the beginning was opposed to Mormonism. Founder Kirk Anderson ran afoul of "the Danites" within six months and departed Zion. His successors, in turn, were less volatile but still offended the Territory's principal religion. Typical was H. M. Maguire's editorial of September 28, 1859, which said, in part: "To edit a Republican journal, a free paper in the midst of a secret and concealed despotism, is anything but an agreeable task . . . while we remain here we must deport ourselves as best we know how . . . fully convinced that we must submit to the sneers and enmity of 'God's people.' We know that a free and untrammeled journal will always stand a sentinel on the watch tower of liberty in Utah." Newsprint was always in short supply in early Utah and that, accompanied by its outspoken policy, led to the demise of Valley Tan after a two-year existence. Conine's Utah Reporter, Daily Journal, Daily Herald and Record, each of which in its turn editorialized against the state's dominant religion. The Reporter's J. H. Beadle, following a physical attack on a Brigham City street in 1869, ob- 273
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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 416284
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416284