Ohio History Journal

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The Newspaper -- Its Making and Its Meaning. By members of

the Staff of the New York Times.    (New York, Charles

Scribner's Sons, 1945. 207p. $2.00.)

During the spring of 1945 twelve members of the New York

Times staff contributed to a series of lectures which was given to

a group of selected New York public school teachers under the

auspices of the Board of Education of New York City. Staff

members participating were selected on the basis of their field of

specialization and capability, and together they presented a com-

prehensive picture of the mechanics and philosophy of writing,

editing, and publishing a newspaper such as the New York Times.

It was hoped, as a direct result of these lectures, that teachers

throughout New York would realize more fully the value of the

newspaper as a school text. The New York Times, in an effort

to reach even more schools, published the twelve lectures as twelve

chapters in The Newspaper -- Its Making and Its Meaning.

Educational leaders have been slow to appreciate the real

importance of the newspaper as source material in the classroom.

They have encouraged, to a degree, the use of the newspaper as a

record of current events -- but it is much more than that, and

much more exciting than that. It furnishes a graphic biography of

past generations, is rich ground for students of science, geography,

sociology, art, home economics, and many other subject areas. It's

been cried often that the teaching of history needs revamping.

It needs spirit and color, for the people in history books have been

too long dead. One way to revitalize that teaching, suggest the

editors of the New York Times, is to bring yesterday back to

today by introducing old newspapers into the classroom.

Hanson Baldwin, military editor of the Times, says: "Yester-

day's newspaper is not dead, if it is a newspaper which has done

its job properly. . . . Yesterday's newspaper, if it accurately

reflected yesterday's civilization, is vibrantly alive. Historians

have found it so. Read Dixon Wecter -- 'When Johnny Comes

Marching Home'; read 'Reveille in Washington'; read any of

scores of books which mirror the age of which the authors wrote.