A History of the Jackson "State Times": An Agent of Change In a Closed Society

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mass Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Gene Wiggins

Advisor Department

Mass Communication and Journalism


A descriptive historical study of the afternoon Jackson, Mississippi State Times was conducted. The study covered the seven-year tenure of the State Times (1954-1962), during which print and broadcast journalism in Jackson and in Mississippi underwent dramatic changes. The creation and development of the newspaper was examined with respect to its mission, its editorial philosophy, and how these elements affected the State Times' performance in dealing with the civil rights movement and other contemporary public issues in Mississippi. The role of the State Times as a catalyst for change in Mississippi journalism was also explored.