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Oral history interview with Robert C. Queen, 1971.

Creator: Queen, Robert C.
Project: Black Journalists Oral History Collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 67 pages Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Robert C. Queen (1912-1996) was born in Newark. He started delivering papers for the New Jersey Guardian in Newark in 1936 and worked at a civil service job from 1939 to 1942. In 1938, Queen became a reporter for the New Jersey Guardian and worked as a reporter and editor for the Newark Herald News, New Jersey Afro-American, the Philadelphia Independent, and the Pittsburgh Courier.

Scope and Contents

In this 1971 interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, Robert C. Queen recounts his life history and the different jobs he has held throughout his career as a reporter and editor at various black newspapers. He discusses the resources used to get stories, including black news services. In talking about the growth of the black press and how it has changed, he mentions generational differences, the politics of running a paper, and visibility as important factors. Furthermore, Queen explains his views on objectivity related to the white press and the black press.


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