Back Into Newspapers!

I just received an opportunity to get back into the newspaper business by freelancing for The Kansas City Star.

With a circulation of one million readers, that is definitely a byline I covet. Ernest Hemingway wrote for this newspaper and attributes the Star for making him such a good writer.

There is a really interesting history of the Star online.

From their website:

October 1917: Ernest Hemingway gets a job through family connections as a reporter for The Star but leaves the next April to drive ambulances in Italy. Hemingway credits a Star editor, C.G. “Pete” Wellington, with changing his verbose high school writing style into clear, provocative English. The author referred to this admonition from The Star’s style sheet: “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.”

An article of faith at The Star is to aim for the readership of the 30,000 “best people” in Kansas City — the schoolteachers and preachers who love its restrained appearance. But concealed behind the genteel exterior is a newspaper full of human-interest stories: the country girl wronged by the city slicker; the failing Union Avenue druggist who wrote a note and then stuck a revolver in his mouth; the Anti-Vice Society complaining about women loitering in cigar stores on 15th Street enticing male customers into the adjoining saloons. Because photographs reproduce poorly, pictures are turned over to staff artists and turned into line drawings.

Other famous Star employees:

  • Harry S. Truman

  • Theodore Roosevelt

  • Walt Disney

  • Wilson Hicks

  • Eugene C. Pulliam

  • Bill Vaughan

  • William Rockhill Nelson

  • William Allen White

You can read all about them here.

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