Media history sits tucked behind the giant state-of-the-art television screen of the First Amendment Forum on the second floor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
A single wall of glass panels mimics those of the cases that can be found inside the dimly lit Marguerite and Jack Clifford Gallery that holds an assorted collection of loaned and donated items representing and honoring the history of media in all its iconic forms: radio, television and print.
According to a Cronkite News article, the gallery is named after Clifford, who launched his television career in Phoenix in 1957. The article states that he founded and was chairman of both the Food Network and Northwest Cable News and is currently a member of both the ASU Foundation Board of Trustees and the Cronkite Endowment Board.
When one walks into the gallery, they leave a world of innovative technology that the Cronkite School contains and travel back to journalism’s vast beginnings of cassette tapes and film cameras. Their first encounter is a guestbook and pen. Visitors from Sony Electronics, Msnbc.com, to the City of Phoenix Downtown Dev. Office and the Thunderbird HS Newspaper Staff, have scribbled their names and messages onto the pages.
Some of the highlights of the gallery include one of the last old-style AP wire machines on loan from Dean Christopher Callahan, who also loaned the gallery many different type-writer models. There are also vintage radios, film reels and classic video cameras, even the microphone that Edward R. Murrow used while broadcasting from Europe, as well as some of Walter Cronkite’s smoking pipes. Pages of newspapers that report on the world’s most memorable moments are shown for visitors to reflect upon before they exit back into what many have deemed the new age of journalism, where most of these gallery items no longer exist.