The Press: It's Ridiculous'

If there is anything calculated to make a good reporter's blood boil, it is that growing journalistic bugbear, the hold-for-release story. Although there is a legitimate use for the hold-for-release, as with, for example, advance copies of speeches, more often it is a device used by pressagent types anxious for simultaneous nationwide news splashes. Government agencies are prime offenders, and the automobile industry has virtually canonized the hold-for-release. But now and again, some brave journalistic spirit dares defy the restrictions—as last week did the New York Times and its Women's Page Editor Elizabeth Penrose Howkins.

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