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Ira "Bill" Cole

Cole died in 2002 at the age of 78. Cole was dean of Medill from 1957 until 1984, during which time he pushed the notion of having students work in professional news organizations as one element of their college coursework. In 1958 he initiated a program that allowed graduate students to work for the City News Bureau in Chicago, and later initiated the “Teaching Newspaper” program – today known as “Journalism Residency” – that allowed undergraduate students to work in a professional newsroom or setting for a school quarter.