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By Robert Schmuhl

While respected Notre Dame alumnus and award-winning journalist purple Smith died in 1982, the collage created a lecture sequence in his identify, backed through John and Susan McMeel and common Press Syndicate, and based by means of writer Robert Schmuhl. Fifteen lectures by means of the country’s most useful reporters and writers in addition to 16 articles and columns by way of Smith himself are integrated during this compilation. half party of Smith’s existence, half educational at the writer’s paintings, and half exam of the kingdom of journalism, this well timed and undying portrait of up to date media and its function in American tradition is literate, obtainable, and packed with enticing prose via masters of the written word.

Making phrases Dance: views on purple Smith, Journalism, and Writing is a well timed and undying choice of lectures analyzing either the writer's artwork and the function of journalism in American culture.

Making phrases Dance positive aspects lectures by means of fifteen of the country's most beneficial newshounds and writers, given as a part of the lecture sequence on the collage of Notre Dame honoring award-winning columnist crimson Smith. Edited via Robert Schmuhl, director of the pink Smith Lecture in Journalism when you consider that its inception in 1983, the gathering deals tests of the scoop company and writing by means of Ted Koppel, Frank McCourt, Jim Lehrer, Judy Woodruff, David Remnick, and James Reston, between others. significantly, the e-book additionally contains the ultimate lecture on journalism given via Tim Russert prior to his premature demise in 2008.

The accrued lectures are complemented by way of 16 articles and columns through Smith, a stylist and reporter whose writing regularly danced and taught classes in regards to the craft. either an exciting educational at the writer's paintings and an incisive statement at the nation of up to date media, Making phrases Dance is a becoming occasion of the lifestyles and paintings of 1 of yank journalism's so much awesome figures.

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C. , Notre Dame’s moment founder and consummate homme engagé, with admiration and gratitude Contents Preface creation: infrequent pink Smith, by means of Robert Schmuhl Prologue: Remembering pink, through Terence Smith James Reston activities and Politics purple SMITH, “When i used to be an Athlete” Murray Kempton, Max Lerner discovering an actual Voice, through Murray Kempton A reaction and a few Reflections, via Max Lerner The dialogue interval, by way of Murray Kempton and Max Lerner crimson SMITH, “Harry Truman Returns” James J. Kilpatrick The paintings of the Craft Questions and solutions crimson SMITH, “And a clutch of Millionaires” Charles Kuralt The View from the line Questions and solutions pink SMITH, “Person to individual” Dave Kindred, Bob Hammel, Jane Leavy ninety toes Is Perfection, by means of Dave Kindred A reaction, through Bob Hammel Sportswriting: A Woman’s View, by means of Jane Leavy crimson SMITH, “The Babe was once continuously a Boy—One of a type” Eugene L. Roberts, Jr Writing for the Reader Questions and solutions pink SMITH, “Good, fresh enjoyable” Georgie Anne Geyer Who Killed the international Correspondent? Questions and solutions purple SMITH, “Red Trotsky Talks to pink Smith” David Remnick How Muhammad Ali replaced the click Questions and solutions crimson SMITH, “I’m the best” Ted Koppel Journalism: It’s as effortless as ABC Questions and solutions purple SMITH, “After Fifty Years” Jim Lehrer Returning to Our Roots Questions and solutions pink SMITH, “Young guy with Flyrod” pink SMITH, “A potent Angler sooner than the Lord” Frank McCourt From Copybook to desktop: What You Write on and the way You Do It purple SMITH, “Jim Thurber” Ken Auletta Whom Do newshounds paintings For? purple SMITH, “A Very Pious tale” Judy Woodruff Are reporters out of date? Questions and solutions purple SMITH, “Miracle of Coogan’s Bluff” Tim Russert while Politicians Meet the click crimson SMITH, “Writing Less—and higher? ” Acknowledgments PREFACE This ebook presents a quarter-century refrain of tribute for a newspaper columnist with a permanent legacy and allure. while pink Smith died in 1982, the college of Notre Dame made up our minds to honor a respected alumnus in journalism by means of making a lecture sequence in his identify. no matter if studying the kingdom of stories in the US, celebrating trendy writing, or either, the pink Smith Lecture in Journalism is a constant reminder of the price and values of the craft Smith practiced for fifty-five years. within the pages that stick to, a few of this country’s most useful reporters and writers concentrate on topics which are at the same time well timed and undying. From James Reston’s lecture in 1983 via Tim Russert’s in 2008, the reader can hint the innovative switch that’s been happening in the course of the information media and the media commonly over the last twenty-five years. yet continuity abides, too, particularly the magic of attractive prose, with phrases that dance, in telling the general public what’s occurring, who will be concerned, and why it’s major. To a undeniable quantity, those lectures supply a working historic account of yank journalism within the past due 20th and early twenty-first centuries.

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