The pioneer editor in Missouri, 1808-1860.


Columbia, University of Missouri Press [1965] .

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Subjects American newspapers -- Missouri -- History.
American newspapers.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Missouri.
Frontier and pioneer life.
Journalistes -- Missouri.
Journalists -- Missouri.
Journalists.
Journaux ameĢricains -- Missouri -- Histoire.
Missouri -- Histoire.
Missouri.
Pionniers -- Missouri.
Description 202 pages
Copyright Date [1965]
Notes Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (pages 167-190).
Summary As indicated by his prospectus, the pioneer editor conceived of his newspaper as a moral agent, protector of liberties, preceptor to inquiring minds, "social friend" to those seeking entertainment, and advertiser of the resources of community and state. Too, most newspapers had political purposes, particularly after the flowering of the Jacksonian movement. This book deals both with the influence of the frontier upon journalism and with the impact of the editor upon the frontier. Professor Lyon investigates the difficulties of establishing and sustaining newspapers of the frontier where money was scarce, transportation and mail service undependable, and the competition keen. He discusses the lack of professional discipline and the lax business methods that frequently brought editors to disaster and provides a wealth of information about the founding and publication of the newspapers, methods of newsgathering, concepts of what was newsworthy, writing style, and newspaper format and printing. From this discussion the colorful personalities of many of the editors emerge - men whose individualism, itineracy, and vigorous expression were typical of the frontier.
Contents Prologue. An almighty people -- Founding a newspaper. Be fruitful, and multiply ; Prospectus and performance ; By authority -- Politics. Principles, not persons ; The liberty of the cudgel? -- Business and professional affairs. Paying the printer ; Our own concerns ; Among our editorial brethren -- Fare for the reader. News foreign and domestic ; Publick prints and private letters -- Epilogue. The editor and the frontier.
Genre History.
Geographic Area Missouri
Network Numbers (OCoLC)333083
(OCoLC)ocm00333083
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Lyon, William Henry, 1926-
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