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Writing news came easily. I had already learned much in school where the teaching was extremely practical, rather than theoretical. Freshman news writing classes had shown me how to discover the who-when-where-what, to make sure essential facts were in the opening sentences, and to provide an attention-getting lead. Page 17 The small journalism department worked to the students' advantage for we were assured close supervision. Our two professors were experienced newspapermen from large journals who were determined to make this embryo school one the university could point to with pride.

She worked through them. In 1939, Mc Donald wrote a revealing article for The Matrix, the publication of the journalism sorority Theta Sigma Phi. Entitled "Career versus Soup Kettle," Mc Donald's article described the "writing woman's" dilemma as she struggled to remain creative while dealing with colic, fruit canning, and ironing. A woman of her times, Mc Donald firmly believed that a mother belonged at home, and suggested ingenious schemes for housebound writers to juggle their writing with domestic responsibilities.

He said of his training methods: ''We will drill them in accuracy, terseness, fair-mindedness and ability to understand and sympathize with all classes of the community. " He emphasized students in his department learn to weigh facts before jumping to conclusions, to report exactly what they heard and saw without modification, to take careful notes, and to write clearly. "And they learn much about human nature," he added. " We had good practice covering a variety of subjects on the campus, more types than even the town offered.

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