|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 052 Jim Minter|
|Creator||Minter, James G., 1930-|
|Dates||2008 October 6|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||James G. “Jim” Minter worked as a sportswriter for UGA’s The Red and Black newspaper, and then went on to the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution, where he worked with Lewis Grizzard, Bill Shipp, and Reg Murphy. He was appointed executive editor of the newly created Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He retired from the vice presidency of Cox Enterprises in 1988. Minter discusses his early life, his time managing the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Reg Murphy kidnapping, and the relationship between politics and the press.|
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.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 052, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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James G. “Jim” Minter was born in Inman, Georgia, in 1930. He attended North Georgia College, and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. He worked as a sportswriter for UGA’s The Red and Black newspaper, and then went on to the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution, working with Lewis Grizzard, Bill Shipp, and Reg Murphy. He was appointed executive editor of the newly combined Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He retired from the vice presidency of Cox Enterprises in 1988.
Minter discusses his childhood in Inman, Georgia, during the Depression, and his mother's family, the Harps. Minter talks about his education, his work at The Red and Black student newspaper, and about being a sports reporter for college football.
Minter discusses his career at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He mentions troubles with in-house unions. Minter discusses the political influence of the Cox Family, owners of both the Journal and the Constitution.
Minter explains that the Constitution was meant to be more liberal while the Journal was meant to be conservative. He discusses the powerful influence of the newspapers' converage of politics and the state capitol. He discusses how the editorial board decided which political candidate to endorse and what role the newspapers played in the Civil Rights Movement. Minter also discusses Reg Murphy's kidnapping and subsequent ransoming.
Minter recalls working with John Pennington, Mike Edwards, Ray Jenkins, Dan Magill, Ed Pope, Eddie Barker, Guy Tiller, Bill Fields, Reg Murphy, Harold Raines, Bill Shipp, Hal Gulliver, and Zell Miller.