ERIC Number: ED396100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Literacy Journalism at Syracuse University. A Thirty-Year History: 1952-1981.
Blakely, Caroline; Laubach, Robert S.
This history of literacy journalism may be summarized as follows. Conceived in the early 1950s through the enthusiasm of Frank C. Laubach, the world's only graduate program for literacy journalism was started when his son, Robert Laubach, came to Syracuse University to study journalism. He was the student/instructor of the first class in 1951 and stayed to get a doctorate and to direct and teach the literacy journalism sequence until it ended in 1981. Literacy journalism was particularly concerned with developing countries and their "new readers." The class of 1958-59 decided to prepare a weekly newspaper for adults with low reading skills in English, "News for You," which was published by New Readers Press, started by Bob Laubach. In 1967, it became officially the publishing division of Laubach Literacy International. By 1959, Bob Laubach was teaching the original course, Writing for New Literates; another called Adult Literacy Techniques; and special classes of adult educators sent by governments of developing nations to learn easy writing techniques. From 1955-63, he taught a 6-week intensive course at Chautauqua Institution. The history of literacy journalism in part 1 is followed by four personal stories by alumni and teachers--Roland E. Wolseley, Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, Caroline Blakely, and Robert S. Laubach. Appendixes include the following: career summaries of alumni; a bibliography of selected works by alumni; quotes from alumni; course outline for Writing for New Literates; "Editorial Performance Standards" (Kay Freeman); and list of alumni. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Journalism Education, Journalism History, Literacy Education, Material Development, Periodicals
Lit-J Alumni, Robert S. Laubach, 226 Stratford Street, Syracuse, NY 13210 ($20 including postage).
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Identifiers: Literacy Journalism; Syracuse University NY
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