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The world's first School of Journalism was founded at the University of Missouri in 1908 by Walter Williams. Williams had started as a writer for the Boonville Advertiser and in 1889 was the youngest president of the Missouri Press Association at age 25. He was always an educator at heart and is credited with actually founding the school. University of Missouri does not intend to make journalists: said Williams in describing his goal in creating the school. It can, however, train for journalism, and this is the purpose of its establishment. Experienced faculty members were not available in the budding field, so, from the beginning, the emphasis at Missouri has been on practical experience. Faculty members at Missouri include practitioners of the craft as well as scholars in the fields of journalism history, research and ethics.