The 'Florida Newspapers Oral History Collection' holds interviews with prominent writers, editors, and publishers, who have nurtured and influenced the high quality of Florida’s print journalism during the last fifty years. The Collection offers their insightful observations into this demanding profession. Visionary founders, investigative journalists, editorial cartoonists, sportswriters, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and publishers of ethnic and student-run newspapers present candid conversations about their respective papers.
The interviews cover the status of women in a traditionally male profession; Nelson Poynter and the Poynter Institute; the future of print media; USA Today; the impact of new technology on newspapers; credibility in journalism (particularly regarding plagiarism issues and fabricated stories); endorsement of political candidates; how editorials are written and their long-term impact; and many other topics.
The 'Florida Newspapers Oral History Collection' is part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. Its collections include approximately 4,000 interviews and more than 85,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archive in the South and one of the major collections in the country. The transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and other interested groups. Researchers have used our oral history material for theses, dissertations, articles, and books.
Digitization of the collection has been funded in part by the generous donation of Caleb and Michele Grimes.