Griping About Newspaper Editorials Doesn't Change

Gartner, Michael
September 2005
Nieman Reports;Fall2005, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p75
This article discusses issues related to editorials. Editorials can and should always be strong parts of newspapers. Especially today, in this era of instant news and instant rumor, thought is a commodity in scarce supply. Today, the chain-owned newspapers tend to use editorial pages as convenient rest stops for reporters and editors who have lost their edge in the newsroom. According to Vermont Connecticut Royster of The Wall Street Journal, most journalists come to editorial writing because they have been good reporters and it is assumed that because they are knowledgeable about government or foreign affairs, they will have opinions worth listening to. Many a good reporter has been ruined by asking him to think.


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