Stanford University Documents 125 Years of Journalism

New website was unveiled at Friday's McClatchy Symposium.

At Friday night’s 50th Annual McClatchy Symposium at Stanford University, the topic of “Digital News Strategies” was discussed by Francesca Donner, director of The New York Times’ Times Insider, Bob Cohn, president of The Atlantic, Peter Bhatia, Cincinnati Enquirer editor, and June Cohen, a producer of VR and audio series. The panel was moderated by Hearst professor of communications Jay Hamilton.


This year is also the 125th anniversary of Stanford and in that spirit, a new website was unveiled that looks back at each decade of Stanford Journalism activity, all the way back to 1891. The website is extremely well done, and among the many Standford Daily timeline excerpts that we enjoyed at first pass is one from April 27, 1910, about Everett Wallace Smith, the alumnus recruited to teach the school’s very first journalism course:

Mr. Smith is admirably fitted for the position which he is to fill, having had a far more comprehensive first-hand knowledge of newspaper work than falls to the lot of most newspaper men. On the San Francisco Chronicle, he held at various times the positions of reporter, suburban correspondent, exchange editor, Coast editor and relief news editor; on the New York Morning News, he was copy reader, head of the copy desk and “dog watch” (the last on duty who takes charge of emergencies); “lobster trick” (the man who prepares the first pages of the afternoon paper-:), assistant city editor and relief makeup on the Evening News; and on the New York Sun he was a general reporter and police headquarters man. Mr. Smith is an alumnus of Stanford, having graduated in the English department with the class of 1899.

The site was produced by the aforementioned Professor Hamilton , together with alumni Peter Johnson (2015) and Vignesh Ramachandran (2012). Ramachandran is currently managing editor of the school’s graduate newspaper The Peninsula Press.

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