Walter Williams started the nation’s first school of journalism at the University of Missouri in 1908. Williams was the first Dean and renowned for his “Journalist’s Creed” which said, in part:
I believe in the profession of journalism.
I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.
I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.
I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.
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