Curtis D. MacDougallCurtis Daniel MacDougall (1903 - 1985) was an American journalist, teacher and writer.
MacDougall was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He obtained a BA in English from Ripon College in 1923 and a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1926). In 1933, he received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 1935. MacDougall worked for the ''St. Louis Star-Times'' and United Press International. He also edited the ''Evanston Daily News'' and the ''Chicago Sun''.
MacDougall was the author of the influential text ''Interpretative Reporting'' (1938), which has been widely cited. William David Sloan has commented that "his many books, articles, and speeches helped set the tone and added to the debate surrounding journalism education for a half century."
He authored two skeptical works ''Hoaxes'' (1958) and ''Superstition and the Press'' (1983). His book on hoaxes has been described as a classic on the subject. MacDougall defined a hoax as "a deliberately concocted untruth made to masquerade as truth." Provided by Wikipedia