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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 10 (Feb. 15, 1955)

Nafziger, Ralph
A look to the future,   p. 22


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School of Journalism became known as one of the foremost
half-dozen Schools of Journalism in the USA, on a par with
such schools as those at Columbia University and the Univer-
sity of Missouri, (the latter started in 1908 as the first in the
nation.)
  As Wisconsin's School of Journalism grew in students, so
did Bleyer's staff grow in teachers.
  Bleyer himself became the first journalism faculty member
in 1909. A year later he was joined by Hyde. Joining them
in the early years and helping to build a strong school were
such journalism educators as Ralph Starr Butler in 1913,
E. Marion Johnson in 1920, Henry E. Birdsong in 1922,
Helen M. Patterson in 1923, H. Otis Miller in 1924, Chilton
R. Bush in 1925, Kenneth E. Olson in 1926, Ralph 0. Naf-
ziger in 1928, Bruce R. McCoy in 1930, and Curtis D. Mac-
Dougall in 1931. They all contributed their share to the build-
ing of Wisconsin journalism education, and most of them
then went on to contribute their talents to journalism educa-
tion elsewhere. Many of them are still leaders in the field,
and one of them, Nafziger, was brought back to Wisconsin
from Minnesota in 1949 to become the director of Wiscon-
sin's school. Other who have joined the staff since those earlier
days have continued right up to the present to keep Wiscon.
sin's journalism faculty among the strongest in the nation.
  To the list of several score faculty members who have served
Wisconsin journalism during the school's first half century
can be added another list of several score assistants in journal-
ism-men and women who came to Wisconsin to do their
graduate work and get their graduate degrees as the finishing
touch to their preparations for teaching journalism in colleges
and universities throughout the nation. They served as teach.
ing or research assistants in Wisconsin's School of Journal-
ism while they studied for their higher degrees, and Wiscon-
sin journalism education benefitted from their search for wis-
dom and training. So many of them came to Wisconsin for
their post-graduate work in journalism and allied fields be-
ginning in 1913, when advanced study leading to the master's
degree was first offered, that Wisconsin's School of Journalism
became known as a "journalist's journalism school."
   Only two graduate students were enrolled in Wisconsin's
 School of Journalism when the master's degree was first offered.
 By 1925-26 the graduate enrollment was at 13, and stayed
 about or above that figure until the Depressing Thirties hit
 American and world life, when university enrollment slumped
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A Look to the Future
          By Ralph Nafziger, '21
               Director, School of journalism
               The chance to make these changes has been aided greatly
               by our move more than a year ago from cramped quarters
               in South Hall to the wing of a building which once was
               the home of art education and electrical engineering. We
               have also established closer contact with Station WHA
               and WHA-TV.
                 We still lack the basic equipment for a technical labora-
               tory. For example, we have no equivalent of a press or
               composing room where the students can observe the fun-
               damental operations of the nrint-ed nress hut we are cur-
           Ralph 0. Nafziger                               rently proposing
a program which would supply us with
                                                           these facilities
at little or no cost to the University.
G   REAT CHANGES in our society and in the broad-            We want the
students also to realize the consequences
     ening field of communications calls for constant re-  of the communicator's
job. The content of several of our
appraisal of our functions and objectives. Channels of     courses are aimed
at a study of the relationship of press
information to the general public are no longer confined   and society, the
development of government information
largely to the newspaper. The development of radio and     policies and of
international news communications and
television, for example, led us to set up some new courses systematic study
of the control, content, audience and
and to consider in many of our other courses the prob-     effects of the
information media.
lems of these new media of information. The commu-           I should add
that we are renewing efforts to maintain
nications revolution requires us to note these new chan-   contact with our
alumni. The Journalism Alumni Asso-
nels and to emphasize even more than heretofore society's  ciation has been
revived and the officers this year of the
demand for good performance by the media,                  organization,
under the leadership of Lloyd Gladfelter,
   We do not intend necessarily to add more courses in     Milwaukee journal,
have helped us greatly to restore this
 the field of techniques, but we hope to bring the content association with
our former students. I can safely predict
 of the technical courses in line with changes in the means that 1955 will
see some newsworthy results of joint effort
 of gathering and transmitting information to the public,  on the nart of
the alumni and the School of lournalism.
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