Your Newspaper: Blueprint for a Better Press

Your Newspaper: Blueprint for a Better Press

Your Newspaper: Blueprint for a Better Press

Your Newspaper: Blueprint for a Better Press

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The nine authors of this book--seven men and two women--are looking at their own job, newspapering. They have views about it. They think it could be done better. They have earned a right to their views by seven to twenty years' service of the press. They are all practitioners of the craft they appraise. They are reporters and editors--a Sunday editor, a war correspondent, a labor reporter, a science editor, one from the news desk of a press association, one who has published his own small paper, three who have covered Washington and other political news beats.

In this book they are looking at the newspaper from the point of view of its service to the reader. What is the reader entitled to and how close does he come to getting it?

They come unanimously and quickly to the conviction that the newspaper service generally available to the intelligent American reader does not adequately serve him with the information he needs to form his judgments as a voter in a selfgoverning system. The rest of the book considers how this defect can be corrected.

They are really talking to the readers over the heads of the owners and editors of the press. The readers have a stake in this issue. The newspaper is too much a mystery to its readers. It should not be. Journalism is much more appreciated as a glamorous vocation than as a difficult discipline in dealing with public affairs. If this book did no more than unveil the mysteries of the press operation and make it more meaningful to those who support it with their pennies, it would be a useful enterprise.

Criticism of the press has no scarcity value. Most people think they can tend store, keep school or run a newspaper better than the people doing those vital jobs. What is rare in this book is a . . .

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