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The newspaper man is compelled, as the price of success in his calling, and often through severe experience, to learn that only that which is true is news. There is a popular impression that all is grist that comes to the newspaper mill, and that everything brought into the office is published.
Newspaper Writing - Writing The Lead
Newspaper English is the standard. There may be critics, who belong to a past generation and who have learned by rule, but for flexible, expressive use of the language the news-paper and the other publications for the masses cannot be surpassed. . .
Newspaper Writing - The Story Proper
There are numbers of people whose ideal paper is one in which the editorials shall be written by an Addison, a Lamb, or a Swift; the art criticism by a Ruskin; while the financial editor shall be an Adam Smith. It is a fairly safe guess that a newspaper with such a staff would have a life about as long as the ministry of all the talents.
Newspaper Writing - The Mechanics Of The Story
The ideal news story, from the standpoint of mechanics, can be cut off at almost any paragraph and yet remain self-explanatory. This is the direct result of telling the facts in the order of their importance and making the story explain itself as it proceeds. The story that fails materially in this respect receives scant courtesy from the city editor.
Newspaper Writing - The Feature Story
Richard Whiteing, the English novelist, is a strong believer that the art of literature has no greater aid than daily journalism. Speaking once he said : Some foolish people have said that daily journalism is killing literature in its highest forms. I say, to the contrary, that the daily paper provides a sort of first course in literature, and I am an immense admirer of the clear, incisive style adopted by the halfpenny press.
Newspaper Writing - The Editor's Problem
The city editor is often called upon to determine whether a happening shall be treated only as news or shall be expanded into a feature, or human-interest, story. The story of an aged miser's death, for example, may be worth only a paragraph if written for its immediate news value alone.
Newspaper Writing - The Interview
An interview in the newspaper sense, the dictionary says, is a conversation held for the purpose of obtaining the opinions of a person for publication. The term may be applied both to the process of questioning by a reporter to elicit information, and to the published statement.
Newspaper Writing - Special Types Of Stories
The test of the news value of an event is its element of novelty. Whether news shall be the record of things admirable or things disgraceful practically depends on the community. In the early days of Dodge City, Kan., or Leadville, Colo., the information that Cherokee Jake or San Juan Bill had attended church would have been news.
Newspaper Writing - Rewriting
On some evening newspapers a squad of men begin work soon after the city editions of the morning papers are off the press. Before dawn these men are on duty, busily preparing copy for the first edition of the paper, which goes to press before news begins to pour in through the regular channels.
Newspaper Writing - The Correspondent
In estimating the value of his story to the paper he serves, the correspondent should never let his personal interest in the doings of his own community bias his judgment. A story that is worth a column of space in his local paper may be of no value whatever to a paper published 100 miles away.
Copy Reading
If that change occurs (a return to smaller newspapers) there will be an increased demand for the services of the man who possesses not the common ability to make a story long and diffuse, but the rare talent of making it short, vivid and complete.
Newspaper Writing - Writing The Head
Newspapers in Greeley's day were judged by their editorials; today they are judged in large measure by their headlines. Big type is associated in our minds with the sensational. The paper that habitually uses scare heads is put down as yellow, while the paper with subdued heads is regarded as conservative in its policies.
Don'ts For The News Writer
The following list of Don'ts has been compiled from a considerable experience in reading newspaper copy and in directing the work of students in journalism classes. Practical application is made of some of the principles discussed in preceding chapters...
Newspaper Bromides
Contrary to the opinions of many, the newspaper has saved its readers from that modern perversion of our already forcible English, slang. It has pruned its language of affectation, fine writing and indiscriminate and excessive use of adjectives.
English Education - The Dawn
ENGLISH education is very old—older than the State, older than every national institution save the Church. Yet so completely had its antiquity been forgotten that, till a few years ago, it was believed to go back only to the Renaissance.
Classical Humanism
THE enlargement of classical studies, whereby to the old idea of pure scholarship was added the conception of opening up the life and thought of antiquity as an avenue to the better comprehension of modern problems, was in point of time the first of the great educational revivals of the nineteenth century.
Revival In The Public Schools
IN the first three decades of the century the public schools were in a parlous state. Their low moral tone, their narrow classical curriculum, their poor intellectual results, their roughness and bullying, their bad feeding and housing, were no longer likely to be tolerated merely because they were established institutions.
New Types Of Education
ENGLISH education has developed from its two poles. It began, at the one end with the two universities and a few public schools, at the other with the monitorial schools of Bell and Lancaster.
Scientific Movement
THE first movement for the recognition of the importance of scientific research had taken place at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Its herald was Bacon. It was followed by efforts to introduce teaching about natural phenomena into schools. The movement proved abortive, and a century and a half passed before it was renewed with any serious prospect of success.
First State Intervention: The Royal Commissions
NOTHING perhaps accounts for the suggestion of dullness which the mention of Education conveys to the ordinary reader of the newspaper so much as the vision which it calls up of reports, blue books, and debates in Hansard. He instinctively feels that, if Education be a living thing, its true history must be found elsewhere - and he is right.
The Age Of The Prophets
WE have seen in the last chapter how the State, confronted with the task of organising secondary education, refused to take the leap. For forty years secondary schools, many of them, it is true, revived by the State, were conducted independently.
The Work Of Individual Endeavour
THE prophets prophesied mainly during the fifties and sixties, but it took some time before the gradual leavening of national thought resulted in producing a state of mind capable of devising and supporting a State system of post-elementary education.
Reform Of Female Education
THE education of women was probably at its lowest ebb about half a century ago, wrote Miss Cobbe in her Autobiography, published in 1904. It was at that period more pretentious than it had ever been before and infinitely more costly; and it was likewise more shallow and senseless than can easily be believed.
Popular And Technical Education
HITHERTO we have been considering mainly the improvements in the existing supply of education : henceforward we shall principally be tracing its spread to classes of the population which hitherto had been unable from lack of funds or lack of tradition to avail themselves of it.
Education In Wales
AS Wales established a State system of secondary education eleven years before England, and as this precedent possibly hastened England's acceptance of the principles which were embodied in the Act of 1902, this seems the natural place to insert a chapter on the history of university and secondary education in the Principality.
Education - The Modern State System
THE aim of this chapter is to trace the steps by which, within the last twenty years, the State has come in a large measure to control and to supply secondary education. The central point on which attention is to be fixed is the Education Act of 1902.
Education - Changes In Curriculum And Methods
THE last twenty years have witnessed more rapid changes in curriculum and methods than have been seen at any time since the Renaissance. The contributory causes have been numerous. In the first place the changes in the schools have reflected the advances of the subjects themselves and their increasing recognition by the universities.
Paris And King Edward The Seventh
ONE afternoon in June, 1902, not a vacant chair was to be had on the broad terrace of the Café de la Paix. There, under the awning, shoulder to shoulder, sat Parisians, Englishmen, Americans, Germans, Russians, three or four Japanese...
Paris And " Son Altesse Royale "
IT was in March last—just three months ago—that the King saw his son off to Paris from Victoria Station. The young Prince, the newspapers stated, was looking pale. Suppressed emotion of King George when he shook hands with the boyish traveller.
Paris And London School Children : The Five Hundred
IT was the longest of trains, the most animated and most amazing of corridor expresses, that left London Bridge station for Folkestone harbour and the Channel, shortly after eight o'clock in the morning on the twenty-fifth of May.
London Children At Home
BARRED at either end with a rope, littered with huge, dislodged cobble-stones, swarming with excited children —such is the present aspect of Bannister Row, a poor street in Bloomsbury.
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