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ERIC Number: ED001607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 1
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PRESS COVERAGE OF SCHOOL INTEGRATION IN CLEVELAND.
LEVENSON, WILLIAM; PRINCIOTTO, TED
PRESS COVERAGE OF SCHOOL INTEGRATION IN CLEVELAND CENTERED AROUND THE PROBLEM OF A PROGRAM OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. SINCE THE NEW SCHOOLS WERE TO BE BUILT IN THE SAME DISTRICT AS BEFORE CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS OPPOSED THE PLAN. THE FIRST ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY THE FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS OF CLEVELAND. HE FELT THAT THE STRATEGY OF THE LOCAL CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS WAS QUESTIONABLE SINCE IT INTERFERED WITH NORMAL EDUCATIONAL PROCESSES. THE COMPLAINT HE HAD WITH THE PRESS WAS THAT IT HELPED TO MAKE NEWS DURING THIS CRISIS IN ADDITION TO REPORTING IT. HE FELT THAT JOURNALISTS SHOULD OFFSET IGNORANCE INSTEAD OF COMPOUNDING IT, THEIR PURPOSE SHOULD BE TO UNDERSTAND, NOT RESIST, THE EARNEST EFFORTS OF MANY AMERICANS TO ATTAIN FIRST-CLASS CITIZENSHIP. THE SECOND ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY THE CITY EDITOR OF A CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER ABOUT THE CHALLENGE SUCCESSFULLY AND MADE A SINCERE EFFORT TO BE FAIR AND INFORMATIVE. AS AN EDITOR HE FELT THAT IT WAS HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT, TO STUDY THEM, AND TO WRITE WHAT HIS CONSCIENCE TOLD HIM TO WRITE. THE TWO TYPES OF NEW SITUATIONS OCCURRING IN CLEVELAND AT THE TIME OF THE COMMUNITY DEBATE OVER INTEGRATION WERE--(1) WHETHER THE SCHOOLS SHOULD BE BUILT, AND (2) THE QUESTION OF VIOLENCE. BECAUSE THE VIOLENCE WAS UNEXPECTED THE NEWS COVERAGE OF IT WAS NOT COMPLETE. HOWEVER, IT IS HELD THAT THE INADEQUATE COVERAGE OF SOME ASPECTS OF THE CRISIS WAS NOT NECESSARILY THE FAULT OF THE NEWSPAPER. TO SPECULATE ON HOW MUCH COVERAGE AN EVENT SHOULD BE GIVEN IS NOT THE JOB OF THE PRESS, THE PRESS SHOULD SIMPLY REPORT THE EVENT.
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Identifiers: COLUMBUS