Wilbur Schramm (1907-1987)Edit
At the forefront of the creation of the study of Communications was Wilbur Schramm. Often, a person’s perseverance is built from the experience in their own life of their shortcomings. This is where Schramm found his passion and drive to excel at his education. When most people would have given up, Wilbur had the courage to believe in himself, a fine quality to get him through his trials in life. Things would have even more different for him, if the depression of the 1930’s had not forced him to stay in the University setting engaging in research, while working 6 part-time jobs.
After working in Washington, Schramm relocated to Iowa City, and upon learning of him coming back, the administration at the University of Iowa wanted him to accept a position as director of the School of Journalism. The university is still recognized at one of the leading institutes in the United States for the degrees from the programs created from Schramm. These degrees were the first to have “Communication” in their name. He created the first Doctoral program for mass communications in the U.S.
Outside of teaching, Wilbur would write short stories, some of which made it into the Saturday Evening Post.Edit
Notable Contributions to the fieldEdit
The model that Schramm designed, accounts for the sender, message, and reciever, that would be standard for any communication. However, where his model is unique is that it incorporates the challenges that the message has to get to the audience. There is an aspect called "noise" where the message could be interrupted at any point in the process. The model also includes a method where the receiver has a way and method to give feedback to the sender. Edit