A few years ago business schools and schools of journalism were unheard of in American universities. Today such schools are being continually added to institutions of learning all over the country. That there is a large place for the School of Business Administration in Harvard has already been demonstrated, and we feel that there is a similar place for instruction in journalism. Harvard sends a great number of men into newspaper work, and it is of course to be desired that Harvard men should be recognized as being at least as well prepared for this important work as the graduates of other universities. That it is an important field of endeavor no one can doubt; for the newspapers are perhaps the greatest instruments for influencing the thought of the country and public opinion as a whole. The men who are to take part in spreading abroad this influence certainly should be as carefully trained as those entering any profession or trade. Undoubtedly Harvard does now lay an excellent foundation for just such work with its thorough courses in English and its broadening work in Economics, Social Ethics, Government, and countless other valuable subjects. But the question arises as to whether Harvard men are going to be able to take their deserved place in journalism as soon as could be desired when they come in contact and competition with men who have received the special and minute training afforded by the schools of journalism in other universities. Even if it were thought best not to establish a separate school of journalism, a thorough course in this subject inserted among those offered in the School of Business Administration could not fail to prove of very great advantage and profit to many Harvard men.
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