NEWSWATCH: Worried and Without Friends at Court

Newspaper editors have a fear that they aren't admired enough. John Hughes, who retired this month as editor of the Christian Science Monitor and last month completed a term as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, warned his colleagues in a farewell address that "our profession . . . isn't currently in high repute. The polls indicate that our credibility with the public is lower than that of many other professions." There are three things wrong with that statement. Newspaper editing isn't a profession, its public standing is about as...

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