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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
Unformatted Document Text:  Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers 3 photo-heavy 1898 book emphasizing the archipelago’s wild side that brought him a pivotal audience with President McKinley, and as a result a leading position in colonial affairs for a generation to come. Born in the same state, Vermont, in the same year, 1866, Barrett and Worcester traveled divergent paths to their nation’s fateful encounter with the Philippines in 1898. After graduation from Dartmouth, Barrett headed west, where he quickly moved from a teaching position to work as a journalist. He thrived on the excitement, writing home on one occasion, “A few nights ago I witnessed a prize fight, and a week before saw one man shoot at another. I tell you it is great fun. The newsman is privileged. I go anywhere and everywhere. The toughs and demimonde all know me.” 12 Worcester found his exposure to the wild side of life still further afield. As a student at the University of Michigan, he joined an 1887-88 zoological expedition to the Philippine Islands led by Prof. Joseph Beal Steere that exposed him primarily to the backwoods of the sprawling archipelago. His work collecting birds expanded to assorted fauna, and he took a keen interest in observing and photographing the peoples of the undeveloped regions where his work was concentrated. Excited by the experience, he convinced a Minneapolis philanthropist to bankroll a postgraduate return mission from 1890-1893. Worcester and a colleague from the first expedition, Frank S. Bourns, became the first Americans ever to see some parts of the islands. While Worcester was having adventures across the Pacific, Barrett was climbing the journalistic ladder, moving up from the Annual Statistician and Economist in Astoria, Oregon, to assistant editor of the Daily Astorian, then positions with the Tacoma Daily Ledger and later the Portland Oregonian. Crusading against the local underworld and

Authors: Vaughan, Christopher.
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Rival Visions: Reportorial Approaches, Audience Preferences, and New Frontiers
3
photo-heavy 1898 book emphasizing the archipelago’s wild side that brought him a
pivotal audience with President McKinley, and as a result a leading position in colonial
affairs for a generation to come.
Born in the same state, Vermont, in the same year, 1866, Barrett and Worcester
traveled divergent paths to their nation’s fateful encounter with the Philippines in 1898.
After graduation from Dartmouth, Barrett headed west, where he quickly moved from a
teaching position to work as a journalist. He thrived on the excitement, writing home on
one occasion, “A few nights ago I witnessed a prize fight, and a week before saw one
man shoot at another. I tell you it is great fun. The newsman is privileged. I go anywhere
and everywhere. The toughs and demimonde all know me.”
12
Worcester found his
exposure to the wild side of life still further afield. As a student at the University of
Michigan, he joined an 1887-88 zoological expedition to the Philippine Islands led by
Prof. Joseph Beal Steere that exposed him primarily to the backwoods of the sprawling
archipelago. His work collecting birds expanded to assorted fauna, and he took a keen
interest in observing and photographing the peoples of the undeveloped regions where his
work was concentrated. Excited by the experience, he convinced a Minneapolis
philanthropist to bankroll a postgraduate return mission from 1890-1893. Worcester and a
colleague from the first expedition, Frank S. Bourns, became the first Americans ever to
see some parts of the islands.
While Worcester was having adventures across the Pacific, Barrett was climbing
the journalistic ladder, moving up from the Annual Statistician and Economist in Astoria,
Oregon, to assistant editor of the Daily Astorian, then positions with the Tacoma Daily
Ledger and later the Portland Oregonian. Crusading against the local underworld and


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