The Press: Tightrope

When the Southern Education Reporting Service started a journalistic experiment two years ago to tell all the desegregation news straight down the middle, it was damned by extremists of both sides. But the experiment proved a success: the service's monthly Southern School News has walked the tightrope of factual reporting so skillfully that partisans on opposite sides now look up to it, and an increasing number of Southern newspapers are carrying its stories. A single mail brought subscription renewals from Georgia's Segregationist Herman Talmadge and Desegregationist and Novelist Lillian (Strange Fruit) Smith. Last week the service's correspondents were back at their...

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