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By Robert Schmuhl

While respected Notre Dame alumnus and award-winning journalist crimson Smith died in 1982, the collage created a lecture sequence in his identify, subsidized via John and Susan McMeel and common Press Syndicate, and based through writer Robert Schmuhl. Fifteen lectures by way of the country’s most precious reporters and writers in addition to 16 articles and columns via Smith himself are incorporated during this compilation. half occasion of Smith’s existence, half educational at the writer’s paintings, and half exam of the nation of journalism, this well timed and undying portrait of latest media and its position in American tradition is literate, available, and choked with enticing prose via masters of the written word.

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

Making phrases Dance positive factors lectures by way of fifteen of the country's most dear reporters and writers, given as a part of the lecture sequence on the college of Notre Dame honoring award-winning columnist purple Smith. Edited by way of Robert Schmuhl, director of the pink Smith Lecture in Journalism seeing that its inception in 1983, the gathering bargains exams of the inside track enterprise and writing via Ted Koppel, Frank McCourt, Jim Lehrer, Judy Woodruff, David Remnick, and James Reston, between others. particularly, the booklet additionally contains the ultimate lecture on journalism given via Tim Russert earlier than his premature dying in 2008.

The gathered lectures are complemented through 16 articles and columns via Smith, a stylist and reporter whose writing continuously danced and taught classes concerning the craft. either an interesting educational at the writer's paintings and an incisive observation at the kingdom of latest media, Making phrases Dance is a becoming party of the existence and paintings of 1 of yankee journalism's such a lot awesome figures.

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