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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.

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