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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Times, 2013

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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Times, 2013 UALR.MS.0253

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
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Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Times, 2013
Dates: 2013
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet; 0.5 document box
Identification: UALR.MS.0253

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and CDs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 2013 project, Arkansas Times: Product of Our Experience, directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Arkansas Times and interviews with editors, journalists, and contributors.

Project Staff: Courtney Bradford, Anne Frymark, Victoria Garrett, Jessica Goodman, John Jones, and Jim Stallings.

Historical Note

The Arkansas Times was originally published as the Union Station Times: The Arkansas Magazine in September 1974 as a biweekly on newsprint. Alan Leveritt and Vernon Tucker were the first editors. Tucker left the Arkansas Times after two months, and Leveritt became the sole editor. The publication experimented with different formats and became a monthly magazine renamed the Arkansas Times in 1975.

The publication's format changed again when it adopted a glossy cover and was later printed on glossy paper in the late 1970s. The Arkansas Times established itself in 1975 through its investigative reporting on police corruption. The publication's focus on high-quality investigative reporting continued when Bill Terry replaced Leveritt as editor in 1976. Leveritt focused on improving sales and later became the magazine's publisher, a position he held as of 2013.

The Arkansas Times gained considerable attention in 1979 when the editor of the Arkansas Democrat, John Robert Starr, posed for a controversial cover that furthered tensions in the local newspaper war with the Arkansas Gazette. As the Arkansas Times's circulation increased, the publication was confronted with a new challenge. The Arkansas Times office burned down on 1979 June 21. Despite the disaster, the paper soon reopened.

The Arkansas Times continued to expand during the 1980s. The publication launched two magazines, while two new editors altered the focus of Arkansas Times. Bob Lancaster became editor in 1983 and included more local history and culture in the magazine. Lancaster was also known for his humorous writing.

In 1984, the writers mocked their competition, the Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Gazette, by publishing satirical inserts "Arkansas Regrette" and "Arkansas Demagogue." Mel White focused more on environmental topics when he became editor in 1985. In 1984, Arkansas Times launched one of its first magazines, Arkansas Business. As the Arkansas Times grew during this time, Leveritt started Southern Magazine in 1986. However, the national publication became a financial burden and was sold in 1989 to the publishing company Southern Progress.

John Brummett was named Arkansas Times editor in 1991 when prominent editorial writers left the Arkansas Gazette because of its faltering status in the newspaper war. The Arkansas Gazette closed later that year. The Arkansas Times capitalized on this event when it convinced former Arkansas Gazette columnist Max Brantley to join the publication.

Brantley became the editor in 1992 as the Arkansas Times transitioned from a monthly to a weekly publication. The Arkansas Times once again struggled to retain profitability, so it transitioned to free circulation in 1994. The Arkansas Times suffered a financial crisis when Arkansas Business separated itself from the Arkansas Times and became an independent publication in 1995, a change that was legally finalized in 1997. The Arkansas Times launched its website in 1995, a decision that generated revenue from online advertisements and helped the Arkansas Times survive its financial problems in the 1990s.

In the 2000s, the Arkansas Times experimented with digital journalism. It also launched El Latino in 2001, a Spanish publication marketed to the Hispanic community. The Arkansas Times began its "Arkansas Blog" in 2004, primarily written by Brantley, focusing on Arkansas politics. The Arkansas Times started other blogs during the 2000s that have continued as well, including "Rock Candy," "Eat Arkansas," and "Eye Candy."

The Arkansas Times appointed editor, Lindsey Millar, in July 2011.

[Text taken from "Executive Summary" from final report in Arkansas Times: "Product of our Experience."]

Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History

The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course for graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through readings and research on specialized topics in public history, including report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.

Arkansas Times.
Arkansas--History--20th century
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
Newspaper publishing--Arkansas--History
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)


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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Arkansas Times, 2013, UALR.MS.0253. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

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