Archive: Dec 1999

1968: A Newspaper’s Role Between the Riots

By Race December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the June 1968 issue of Nieman Reports.] When the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders blamed white racism for the destructive environment of the ghettos, most of the immediate reaction was unfavorable. The charge evoked … Read more

1956: A Negro Reporter at the Till Trial

By Race December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the January 1956 issue of Nieman Reports.] Millions of words were written about the recent Till murder trial, but the most dramatic and, by far, the most significant development during the hectic week in the … Read more

The Roots of Our Responsibility

By Curator's Corner December 15, 1999

The American press was halfway through the century just ended before journalists began to talk seriously about press responsibility. A letter Henry Luce wrote to Robert Hutchins, President of the University of Chicago, prompted this conversation. "I know what … Read more