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Oral history interview with Nicholas Lemann [electronic resource], 2013

Creator: Lemann, Nicholas
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 3.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 75 pages Sound recording: 1 digital audio file (71 min.). Sound recording: 1 digital audio file (74 min.).
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Former Dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Scope and Contents

Background and Family: Jewish, antebellum plantation owner ancestry; upbringing in New Orleans in the late 1950s and 1960s, father was a lawyer from a family based in Donaldsville, Louisiana with conservative politics, mother was a child psychologist with liberal politics from Perth Amboy, New Jersey; Early Life and Education: childhood exposure to newspaper journalism; early exposure to editors and writers of New Journalism, writing for local newspapers in high school, admittance to Harvard College, role as Editor-in-Chief at The Harvard Crimson, theme of early commitment to career in journalism; Career in Professional Journalism: writing for Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, meeting Vartan Gregorian during Gregorian's tenure at the New York Public Library; Career in Journalism Education: teaching at University of Texas at Austin, teaching as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, teaching assistant in Joan W. Konnor's course, interface with Lee C. Bollinger, work on Bollinger's journalism education task, Bollinger's appointment of Lemann to deanship of Columbia Journalism School, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the status of journalism graduate schools, state of modern journalism's Fifth Estate function, crisis in the business of journalism, implementation of the MA program and reworking the MS program, The Reconstruction of American Journalism, successful students; Work with Carnegie Corporation of New York: Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Geoffrey Cowan, Loren Ghiglione, Susan R. King, Orville H. Schell, Alex S. Jones, Alberto Ibargu╠łen, attempt at writing The Flexner Report for journalism, News21.


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