Breaking the Copper Collar: Press Freedom, Professionalization and the History of Montana Journalism

  title={Breaking the Copper Collar: Press Freedom, Professionalization and the History of Montana Journalism},
  author={John T. McNay},
  journal={American Journalism},
  pages={123 - 99}
Abstract In the early twentieth century, the founding of the Montana School of Journalism indicated that Montana was following national trends in the professionalization of journalism. However, the multi-national Anaconda Copper Mining Company began to dominate economic and political life in the state and, as a strategy to silence dissent, purchased most of the state's daily newspapers. From the 1920s until 1959, journalists working at the newspapers could write nothing that clashed with the… 
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