Tom Pyle is an emeritus professor of journalism and former chair of the Department of Communication at Southern Oregon University. His academic interests include media law and ethics and freedom of speech. He also served SOU as adviser to student publications. He worked for various newspapers, including the Boulder, Colo., Daily Camera, the Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona Republic, and the Medford Mail Tribune and Ashland Daily Tidings in Oregon before and during his tenure at SOU.
Medford Mail Tribune
For over a hundred years, the Medford Mail Tribune argued against what it perceived to be dangerous, irrational, or unfair—if often popular—political measures, facing libel suits, jailings, death threats, and boycotts as a result. The Mail Tribune was created through a 1909 merger of the Medford Mail, a proponent …