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Developing News Photography: The Post-WWII Rise of Normative Photojournalism Instruction in Liberal Arts Journalism Education
Unformatted Document Text:  8 department in 1966. The department was re-organized in 1972 to form the College of Journalism within the Division of Arts and Humanities. When the Division was abolished in 1986, the College retained its name. In 2001, it was named after benefactor Philip Merrill. 24 At the time of reorganization in 1972, the University archived the departmental records of the proceeding 25 years. The materials, at around 16 linear feet, give an intimate and unfiltered view of the major struggles and daily minutiae in the department. The documents are extensive, covering faculty communications, meeting minutes, the departmental correspondence and memos, curricula, job openings, teaching loads, enrollment reports, class syllabi, exams, budgets and more. Together, they provide detailed insight into the actions and behind-the-scenes decision-making from one school during an important period of growth in the area of photojournalism education. Taken as a whole, the documents show that between its founding in 1947 and the mid- 1960s photojournalism offerings at the University of Maryland closely followed nationwide trends. Evidence shows this was by design, as administrators and faculty actively sought to adopt normative standards in their photojournalism offerings. The curricular structure and contents of individual classes tracked closely with models laid out in best practice articles and with offerings at other journalism schools around the country. Taken together, this provides strong evidence for was created the following year, and President Albert F. Woods reorganized it to make it more scholarly and less vocational. Journalism was cut as part of this move away from vocational training, and by 1923 no journalism classes were offered. 24 Maryland State Archives, “University of Maryland, College Park: Origin & Functions,” Maryland Manual On-Line: A Guide to Maryland Government, http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/25univ/umcp/html/umcpf.html#journalism (accessed March 31, 2011).

Authors: Paddock, Stanton.
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department in 1966. The department was re-organized in 1972 to form the College of Journalism 
within the Division of Arts and Humanities. When the Division was abolished in 1986, the 
College retained its name. In 2001, it was named after benefactor Philip Merrill.
24
 
 
At the time of reorganization in 1972, the University archived the departmental records of 
the proceeding 25 years. The materials, at around 16 linear feet, give an intimate and unfiltered 
view of the major struggles and daily minutiae in the department. The documents are extensive, 
covering faculty communications, meeting minutes, the departmental correspondence and 
memos, curricula, job openings, teaching loads, enrollment reports, class syllabi, exams, budgets 
and more. Together, they provide detailed insight into the actions and behind-the-scenes 
decision-making from one school during an important period of growth in the area of 
photojournalism education. 
 
Taken as a whole, the documents show that between its founding in 1947 and the mid-
1960s photojournalism offerings at the University of Maryland closely followed nationwide 
trends. Evidence shows this was by design, as administrators and faculty actively sought to adopt 
normative standards in their photojournalism offerings. The curricular structure and contents of 
individual classes tracked closely with models laid out in best practice articles and with offerings 
at other journalism schools around the country. Taken together, this provides strong evidence for 
                                                 
was created the following year, and President Albert F. Woods reorganized it to make it more 
scholarly and less vocational. Journalism was cut as part of this move away from vocational 
training, and by 1923 no journalism classes were offered. 
24
 Maryland State Archives, “University of Maryland, College Park: Origin & Functions,” 
Maryland Manual On-Line: A Guide to Maryland Government
http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/25univ/umcp/html/umcpf.html#journalism (accessed 
March 31, 2011). 


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