Covering the Campus
“This account of the near meteoric rise of the Chronicle adds to…
the body of knowledge that produces a history of news publications. The
material… taken largely from interviews with the founders and editors
of the Chronicle … is original and fresh… remarkable that Pat was
able to reach as far into the history as she did.” —Robert C. Jeffrey,
Media Studies Center, Columbia University
In its 29 years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has become
recognized internationally as the premier news publication in higher
education. This first comprehensive history of The Chronicle melds a
quarter-century of higher education and journalism milestones.
As the newspaper gained its editorial footing, Vietnam War protests were
gaining momentum nationwide, placing one of journalism’s most dramatic
contemporary reporting challenges on college and university campuses.
Over its two-and-a-half decades-plus, The Chronicle has been at Kent
State, Tiananmen Square, and presidential inaugurations.
The newspaper has discussed many issues in the higher education
community, including leadership, campus race relations, gender-equity,
multiculturalism, and AIDS. It has led journalism’s investigations into
such serious subjects as college athletics scandals, as well as infusing
lighter and artistic touches into its pages with such features as
“Marginalia” and “End Paper.” The “Bulletin Board” classified section
has become recognized as the international job marketplace for higher
Covering the Campus records the establishment of The Chronicle; the
development of its newsgathering, advertising, and marketing operations;
contributions of key personnel; editorial philosophy; overview of the
coverage of the major issues in higher education; the publication’s
potential future roles in communications.