More than 40 editors from 19 public and private school newspapers in the East visited the CRIMSON last night for the University daily's fifth annual Scholastic Journalism Conference. After an opening banquet in the Union the school journalists toured the CRIMSON plant and watched this morning's edition go to press.
At the dinner, L.P. Yale, New England Associated Press Chief of Bureau, told the guests and Crimeds about a career in professional journalism and traced his own newspaper experience.
He claimed that the "Hollywood myth of the reporter" is not necessarily true and that the profession has better pay, more prestige, and more "fun" than normally imagined.
Another speaker, Richard W. Mechem '45, Principal of Newton High School, advised the students not to editorialize on the basic philosophy of their school in their newspaper writing but to criticize --" with no holds barred"--whenever the institution deviates from that philosophy.
Yesterday afternoon the editors had the option of a tour of the Boston Globe plant or the University area. The conference continues this morning with individual seminars by CRIMSON editors on the business, news, editorial, photo, and sports aspects of newspapers. Crimeds will also meet with individual school editors to criticize their respective paper's content and layout.
At a noon luncheon today Louis M. Lyons, Curator of the Nieman Foundation, and professional journalists who are Nieman Fellows this year at the University will meet informally with the students at 14 Plympton St.