UO Journalism Project On Roseburg Pen Pals Becomes A Book
It was long ago, but not far away. Students at a school in Roseburg decided to form pen-pal relationships with students in another country, and chose the Soviet Union.
In 1960, around the peak of the Cold War, this was not a popular move, and the correspondence program was quashed by the federal government.
A University of Oregon journalism class went through an exercise to find one of those long-ago students, and the effort turned into a book, Classroom 15.
Three of the key people join us for an overview: professor/editor and old radio hand Peter Laufer, managing editor Julia Mueller, and lead reporter Zack Demars.