Better Newspapers—A National Necessity -- By: H. H. Marlin

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 087:347 (Jul 1930)
Article: Better Newspapers—A National Necessity
Author: H. H. Marlin


Better Newspapers—A National Necessity

H. H. Marlin

Part Two—The Square Deal

Our closing words in the article under the above caption, Part One, in the April number of the Bibliotheca Sacra, were in the form of a question: “How may we obtain in this land of America newspapers which will gradually transform our national life through the creation of a national intelligence and a national sentiment of the most exalted and ennobling character?”

We propose to answer as best we can that question. It is the answer of an idealist, but an idealist who believes that the suggestions offered involve no difficulty which cannot be swept aside by the push of concerted effort on the part of men and women devoted to the business of making this world in all its departments a vastly improved place in which to live as contrasted and compared with the world of yesterday.

Certain methods suggest themselves to our mind. Such newspapers as we have in view might be founded, endowed and managed, by groups of distinguished citizens in all our principal cities, or men of great wealth might establish a Newspaper Foundation somewhat after the order of several of the outstanding modern scientific and philanthropic foundations which have so signally served life in its advancement into new knowledge and into new emancipations.

Over such a foundation, whether established by an individual or by a group of individuals, there should be placed a group of practical newspaper men, editors and publishers, wholly sympathetic to the end in view, and a sprinkling of dreamers and men who walk among the stars. The head or manager of the foundation should be a man of gifts and powers similar to that possessed by Dr. Vincent, head of the Rockefeller Foundation, if a man of like genius might be discoverable, a man divinely adapted to an experiment whose possibilities are of a most exalted character.

Mr. Frank Munsey left a vast sum to the Metropolitan Art Institute of New York City. If these millions had been left to endow a Newspaper Foundation a vaster good would have been undoubtedly realized. We heartily admit that the benefaction was worthily bestowed, but we are sorry that Mr. Munsey, himself a practical and very successful editor and publisher, had not shared our dream, and had not used his fabulous millions to endow such a Newspaper Foundation as we have in view.

The purpose of such a foundation would be to gradually establish, in every considerable city of the United States, newspapers entirely devoted to the public welfare, newspapers whose first consideration would not be commercial profit, but the lifting of all citizens to a higher level of intellig...

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