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Chapter 12: the next step in journalism

It is notorious that every one who does not edit a daily newspaper feels entitled to give advice to those who exercise that high function. The present writer, at any rate, has long held that a great revolution in journalism-or, at least, a great step in its evolution --must yet occur. Clearly the process of simply gathering the news, such as it is, has almost approached perfection; it seems impossible to carry it much further than the point which the metropolitan press has already attained. The next point attempted must certainly be that indicated by the old Scotch song,

But are ye sure the news is true?

It is inevitable that in time we should aim at quality as well as quantity; at accuracy as well as amount. The old rustic objurgation

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