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1930s standards for ‘news’ remain

By CIDNIE SYDNEY-BREWINGTON

Staff Writer

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of The All State, Marlon Scott and I will be sharing a tidbit of information about The All State every other week for the next year.

For those of you who read the last article, you now know how TAS got its name and who came together to make the first issue. But now you may be thinking, “Well, that’s cool. But what did the first issue cover? What was the news in 1930?”

In the last article, Scott wrote, “The front page was all text, divided into five columns.

One of the first stories was about its own creation headlined “All State Staff Named.”

This is true, the earliest newspapers very seldom used pictures, and if they did, they were black-and-white. But this particular issue had no pictures at all — not even the advertisements had pictures.

Instead the advertisements were simplistic; just boxes with words of various sizes designed to catch the eye.

The headline of the top news story for this issue reads, in bold black block letters, “Claxton Hailed President.” But there is no article to go along with that headline. Instead, underneath, another headline reads in smaller letters, “Faculty and Student Body Welcome Him In Exercises.”

The “exercises” spoken of was the ceremony in which this second president was received by the students, faculty, and staff.

The rest of the front page consists of five more main stories, covering a pep rally, a theatre performance, the result of a weekend football game, the start of women’s basketball practice and, as Scott wrote in the last article, the origins of TAS.

There are also six shorter stories on the front page ranging from All State subscriptions, to student government, to more sports. The second and fourth pages of this first issue were continuations of the stories from the front page.

The third page served as a sports page.

So, even though newspaper design has come a long way, what is newsworthy remains. TAS

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