Leaving No Stone Unturned: Professor’s Papers Provide Look Into 20th Century Broadcast Journalism

We are pleased to announce that the papers of Vernon Stone are now available and accessible through a finding aid. Stone served for 22 years as the research director for the Radio and Television News Directors Association, in which capacity he took innumerable surveys dealing with many facets of the news business, including women and minorities in the newsroom, electronic newsgathering, stress on the job, and careers in the news business, among many other topics.

Vernon Stone testifying on behalf of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication before the Senate Commerce Committee on the Freedom of Expression Act, January 30, 1984.

He also served on the faculties of four different universities and prepared copious notes for his lectures, which are a part of the collection. He wrote many articles on the news business based on his surveys and these form part of the collection, along with the wide-ranging research he did on his topics.

Vernon Stone with scholarship winners, Southern Illinois University, September 13, 1978


Stone was an avid researcher who collected extensively in the area of media, and this collection represents a rich source of research brought together on many topics. The clippings especially represent a collocation of materials useful to the researcher interested in broadcast media in the last half of the twentieth century.

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