Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Molly Ivins has a point

I have long argued that no one should be allowed to write opinion without spending years as a reporter -- nothing like interviewing all four eyewitnesses to an automobile accident and then trying to write an accurate account of what happened. Or, as author-journalist Curtis Wilkie puts it, "Unless you can cover a five-car pile-up on Route 128, you shouldn't be allowed to cover a presidential campaign."
Of course, her target is bloggers. I, OTOH, was thinking about college newspapers. They should get rid of their editorial pages.

Molly sez that it takes years of reporting experience before your opinion is worth a lick. So those student editorials are just wasted newsprint that teach the wrong lesson to budding journalists.

I wonder if Molly and the Project for Excellence in Journalism agree?

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