Edited by Ralph Izard
An anecdotal history published on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Ohio University’s renowned E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.
After its founding in 1924, what is now the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University quickly became one of the premier programs in the country. For decades, it has produced leaders who have reached the highest levels of journalism and communication in their careers, and their success is a direct product not only of the education they get in Athens but of the community the school fosters.
In this book, nearly one hundred alumni, faculty, friends, and students offer their stories of life at and after Scripps. The result is a multilayered, inspiring portrait of the school and how it shapes those who pass through its doors. At the same time, The Scripps School gives a nuanced history of journalism education at Ohio University. From covering assassinations and presidential elections to major moments in sports, alumni have documented the unprecedented and the historic, and here they show just how Scripps prepared them to be there.
The Scripps School, edited by former director Ralph Izard, is a love letter to the people and the institution. At a time when journalism is more important than ever, this book humanizes and contextualizes the profession in ways that will resonate in the Scripps community and beyond.
Ralph Izard was director of Ohio University’s Scripps School for twelve years. After retirement, he worked at the Freedom Forum’s Media Studies Center in New York, followed by eleven years with the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. Included in his journalistic background is work for two newspapers and in four bureaus of the Associated Press. More info →
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