Oral history interview with Herbert Nipson, 1971


Nipson, Herbert (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Herbert Nipson, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Herbert Nipson : oral history, 1971; Oral history of Herbert Nipson, 1971
In a 1971 interview conducted by Henry La Brie III, Herbert Nipson details his life history and his time at Ebony. He discusses the effects Ebony had on journalism, how he understands his position as a journalist, and what constitutes black ownership of a black publication. Throughout the interview, Nipson compares the black and white press in their respective news content, technical aspects, effec ts on assimilation and on society, and how they interact with their readers. He explains the importance of studying the history of the black press and discusses the future of the black press.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Newspapers--Circulation; Journalists; Editors; African Americans--Civil rights; Journalism--Social aspects; African American press; African American journalists; Chicago (Ill.); United States Race relations; Nipson, Herbert; Ebony (Chicago, Ill.)
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 48 pages
Note (Biographical)
Herbert Nipson (1916-2011) graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1940 with a B.A. in journalism and was the first student of color to serve in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. Nipson received his MFA in creative writing from the Uni versity of Iowa in 1949 and worked for Ebony as a writer and photographer, eventually becoming associate editor, co-managing editor, managing editor, and executive editor.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 7, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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