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Newspapers and Higher Education

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Newspapers and Higher Education

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THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY and higher education have common traditions and contemporary interests, Radcliffe College president Linda Wilson told attendees of the annual Newspaper Association of America convention in Boston last week.

Wilson particularly called on publishers to work toward developing a diverse work force.

"We share a commitment to seeking the truth and transmitting what we have learned to the public," Wilson said. "The institutions we represent -- newspapers, colleges and universities -- play vital roles in helping to create and maintain the enlightened leadership and informed public that are necessary to make democracies work."

The freedom to inquire and publish without government restriction is "as important to us as it is to you," she continued.

"Pluralism in higher education has served America well for many years, and I suspect the same is true for the newspaper industry.

"Clearly, the newspaper industry and institutions like Radcliffe have a common interest in enlightening the public debate on important societal issues and, thereby, influencing public policy itself. Yet, for the most part, we go our separate ways -- sometimes on parallel tracks but too often in difference directions. …

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