Academic journal article Journalism History

Sidney Kobre

Academic journal article Journalism History

Sidney Kobre

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Sidney Kobre, a pioneer in the sociological approach to journalism history, died of cancer January 5 at his home in Pikesville, Maryland. He was 87.

The author of sixteen books -- he Development of American Journalism is perhaps the best known -- Dr. Kobre continued to be an active researcher, writer, and teacher long after official retirement. His most recent book, A Gallery of Black Journalists, written with his wife, Reva, was published in 1994.

Dr. Kobre was active in the early years of the AEJMC History Division and a founding member of the American Journalism Historians Association. He left his mark on gatherings of these two groups with his tremendous enthusiasm for the field and encouragement for young scholars.

Good teaching was a particular concern and he spearheaded more than one project to get teaching aids into the hands of classroom instructors.

His commitment to the classroom extended from his own teaching experience to a crusade he led to establish in 1947 what is now the Community College of Baltimore.

His career was a mix of scholarly and professional newspaper activity. …

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