The Fading American Newspaper

The Fading American Newspaper

The Fading American Newspaper

The Fading American Newspaper

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Journalist is a good word. But once it was tossed into the snowdrift by newspaperdom and told not to darken the door again. It got around out in the world, prospered, kept excellent company, and developed new interests.

You can speak of a journalist today and refer to a man who never saw the inside of a daily newspaper office. The city room isn't big enough to enclose all of journalism. Even if the word and its true meaning had never existed it would now be necessary to coin an expression to cover the vast area embraced by the business of keeping people informed. The newspaper cannot have its unwanted child back; this robust offspring has migrated.

The daily press does not yet realize this. Its reactions continue to be what they were in the old era; habit thinking is strong. The hostility of publishers and editors to the report of the Hutchins Commission touched an old nerve and the reaction was reflexive.

The Commission was created to study the performance, functions, and responsibilities of the major mediums of . . .

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