The Press: The No. 1 Story

To newspaper readers in the South, the No. 1 story is the result of the Supreme Court's decision banning segregation in the public schools. How are Southern newspapers covering the story? In the opinion of many a Southern newsman, the papers have done a mediocre job to date. With few exceptions, they have confined coverage largely to wire-service stories and the printing of official announcements and speeches on the subject. In Nashville, for example, where the city's two dailies reported that Catholic schools were desegregating completely, neither paper followed up the news to see how well desegregation was working. One reason...

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