Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 004 Bill ShippReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 004 Bill Shipp

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 004 Bill Shipp

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 004 Bill Shipp
Creator: Shipp, Bill, 1933-
Dates: 2006 September 28
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: William “Bill” Shipp worked as a journalist in Georgia for fifty years. Shipp began his career as managing editor of the University of Georgia’s Red and Black newspaper. In 1956 Shipp began to write for the Atlanta Constitution, covering topics such as the civil rights movement, the space program, and numerous political campaigns and leaders in Georgia. In this interview, Shipp discusses the role of the media in politics, including its effect on public opinion and its influence on elections.

Collection Description

Biographical note

William "Bill" Shipp was born in Marietta, Georgia, on August 16, 1933. He attended Emory University and the University of Georgia, where he was the managing editor of the Red and Black newspaper. In 1953, he wrote articles criticizing the decision by the Board of Regents and Governor Herman Talmadge to bar African-American Horace T. Ward from enrollment in UGA’s School of Law. The subsequent takeover of the paper by the Board of Regents led to Shipp's resignation. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. In 1956, Shipp joined the Atlanta Constitution, where he would go on to cover such subjects as the civil rights movement, the space program and numerous political campaigns and leaders. Shipp broke the story of Jimmy Carter's plan to run for the presidency. In 1987, Shipp left the newspaper to start Word Merchants; the company produced the weekly newsletter, “Bill Shipp's Georgia,” which was the first serious political journal on the Internet. His columns have appeared in numerous publications, and he was a member of the Georgia Gang, a televised discussion of current political events.

Scope and Content

Bill Shipp discusses media and its role in politics in the U.S. and Georgia. Topics include the decline of print media, the rise of media conglomerates, the media’s effect on public opinion, and the media’s influence on elections.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 004, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Atlanta journal-constitution.
Mass media--Law and legislation--Southern States.
Oral histories.

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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 004 Bill Shipp video, 2006 September 28 (Extent: 94.0 minutes ) Access Online
ROGP 004 Bill Shipp transcript, 2006 September 28 Access Online