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In no avocation is the percentage of college-bred men so small as in that of journalism, which fact has given rise to much comment in the daily press. Beyond a good knowledge of stenography, an easy style, and a fair understanding of the rudiments of grammar and rhetoric, nothing further is required of the average reporter. A man who has spent four years in acquiring a thorough college training naturally expects that what he has gained there ought to enable him to start in on a higher round of the ladder, and sets his hopes on entering some other profession; or, perhaps, if he has better chances of success, into some branch of business. The only training for journalism college men receive is the work they do on the college papers, which is, on a small scale, practically all very well, but, like everything else, the theoretical part of newspaper work ought to be coupled with it. At Yale they have already foreseen the advantage of this by securing the services of a person, who is thoroughly competent to deal with the minor details and intricacies of the large daily publications, to give a series of lectures on that subject. A course of this kind would tend to be a sort of stepping-stone for those who intend to make journalism their profession, from the inferior to the superior grades of newspaper work. Mr. Pulitzer, of the New York World, is a strong advocate of the formation of a college chair of journalism, believing that by this means a stronger inducement will be offered to the undergraduates to adapt themselves more thoroughly to this occupation in life, and that in this way the tone and matter of the various publications will be perceptibly improved. Is there anything to hinder Harvard from trying the experiment by way of having a few lectures on the subject?

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