TECHNICIAN 100: Celebrating a Century of Student Journalism at NC State

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    The Technician 100 exhibit at the Hill Library Exhibit Gallery
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Now Open in the Hill Library Exhibit Gallery

On February 1, 1920 an eight-person staff launched the first edition of the Technician with the words, “Smoothly, and with never a jerk or splash, but with an unerring, quiet movement, a strange ship casts off and the voyage is begun.” Over a century later, that ship is still sailing.

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The exhibit features the history of the Technician by decade.
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Richard Curtis was editor-in-chief of the Technician in the 1970s and went on to work for USA Today when it first began.
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The 1950s -70s were a time of great cultural and social change at NC State.

The four-page debut issue reported on a fire in Watauga Hall, a new dissecting laboratory for the Veterinary Department, and the establishment of a Department of Architecture. Thousands of issues and articles later, the Libraries’ exhibit “TECHNICIAN 100: Celebrating a Century of Student Journalism at NC State” tells the newspaper’s story through materials from our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) as well as items on loan from many Student Media alumni.

Organized in collaboration with the Technician 100 Committee, the exhibit devotes cases in the Hill Library Exhibit Gallery to each decade in the paper’s history, highlighting developments in campus journalism and the student experience, and capturing the university’s history from a unique perspective. Currently, only those with NC State IDs are able to access the exhibit.

Early exhibit cases show the impact of WWI and WWII on the student body, while the 1960s case captures a snapshot of NC State’s mixed take on the Civil Rights Movement. Other cases reveal the racial strife on campus that led to the 1992 founding of NC State’s Black newspaper, the Nubian Message, and offer a look at the Technician today as a multi-platform news environment. Standalone cases are devoted to two of the most famous Technician grads, photojournalist Chris Hondros and USA Today founding visual editor Richard Curtis.

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The exhibit depicts some of the many changes in technology during the history of the Technician.
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Chris Hondros became an award-winning writer and photographer covering conflicts around the world until his death on assignment in Libya in 2011.
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The 1980s and 90s saw both success for NC State's sports programs as well as social unrest and protest over racial injustice, resulting in the launch of the Nubian Message.
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The Technician continues to report on world events and their impact on the NC State community as well as local and campus news like the tragic killing of three Muslim NC State students and alumni in 2015.

 

Contact

When

Monday, April 19, 2021 to Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Where

D. H. Hill Jr. Library

Other Information

Admission

Due to COVID-19 precautions, only those with NC State IDs are currently able to access our buildings.