Magazine article The Quill

Harris Proposes Panel to Review Profits vs. Ideals

Magazine article The Quill

Harris Proposes Panel to Review Profits vs. Ideals

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Jay Harris, a 16-year Knight Ridder executive who resigned in February to protest Knight Ridder's recent editorial cutbacks, has proposed a blue-ribbon panel to take a closer look at what he perceives to be a power struggle between profits and quality journalism.

"We should never accept the notion that unfettered market forces will produce the best results," Harris told journalists and academics at a Harvard Faculty Club dinner in mid-May, according to Editor & Publisher. "In journalism, the heart of the enterprise is human capital - primarily journalists."

Harris said he drew his inspiration in part from the 1947 Hutchens Commission on Freedom of the Press, which ultimately spawned the social responsibility theory of the press. Many of its recommendations have been included in codes of journalism ethics. …

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