The Press: Noble Experiment

Was the story of the 20th Century too vast and confusing for the men who were trying to report it? Earnest, grey-haired Sevellon Brown thought the answer was an emphatic Yes. Like many a publisher with a conscience, he had an uneasy feeling that the press was falling down on its job. The daily montages of headlines, in his Providence Journal and Bulletin and elsewhere, were nagging proof that the times demanded better papers, bigger and broader newsmen—on penalty of chaos.

He was not content just to worry about it. Once, on a visit to Columbia University, Publisher Brown had been stirred...

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