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For the fall of 1963, when the paper was edited by Charles Osolin, it
was given the American Newspaper Publishers Association's
"Pacemaker" award as the best of the All-Americans―the equivalent
of a national championship in journalism.
Consistently Old Gold was edited and staffed by mature young
people who took their responsibilities seriously and tried to present
the news of Wake Forest objectively and fairly. The editorial page
often tackled thorny issues like integration and relationships with the
Baptist State Convention, and while its positions may sometimes have
been wrong, they were presented thoughtfully and with occasional
elegance. From time to time cartoonists with real talent enlivened the
commentary pages, and sports coverage, while showing a natural
Wake Forest partisanship, was otherwise as professional as most daily
newspapers. The paper also served as a forum for the expression of
student and faculty views on campus problems. One reason the paper
was respected was that the college community knew that Old Gold
and Black operated without censorship, and it never became the
mouthpiece of the administration or the instrument of any particular
In part that was the influence of Dr. E. E. Folk, journalism teacher
and faculty adviser to Publications Row. He felt that as preparation
for professional careers student journalists had to learn to use press
freedom, even if in attempting to do so they made some errors. There
was no prior restraint, but if mistakes got into print the editors heard
from their adviser. Dr. Folk was succeeded in that role in 1965 by
Bynum Shaw, one of his former students who had had considerable
professional experience. In that same year the first of a series of
biennial journalism workshops honoring Dr. Folk was held on the
campus and featured Pub Row alumni and other figures prominent in
the field of communications.
The Howler made its annual appearance in about the last week of
classes every year, and its distribution was always awaited eagerly. It
had been published in reduced form during the war years, but as time
passed it grew in size and quality. Color became standard, and the
layouts were often ingenious. With its text and many pictures, the
yearbook provided an excellent summary of each college season. The
year 1962 saw the abandonment of an old custom of dedicating the
annual to a professor or administrator. All-American Howlers for the
period included that of 1948 edited by Campbell W. Mc-
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