Murder in the Newsroom

Anker, Lieber
November 1955
Education Digest;Nov1955, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p32
This article argues that freedom of the press can be misinterpreted grossly, at school level as well as by the commercial press. One of the most precious of citizenship rights is freedom of speech, which has its readiest expression in the great American concept of freedom of the press. That particular freedom has had a history of abuse as well as a longer history of glory and service. The school newspaper can well pave the road for more service and less abuse if given the proper recognition in the cocurricular program in schools which provide no journalism course. Yes, the press has abused its freedom from time to time and been guilty of inaccuracies and a sadistic emphasis on sensationalism. It is this very fact, casting deep shadows on the history of journalism, that the writer would use as a reason for urging a more understanding attitude toward the school newspaper on the part of its adult readers.


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