Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Maynard W. Brown


One frequently hears disparagement and depreciation of the work of the mighty power called the Press. It seems a strangely human trait to notice flaws rather than good points. When two gossips get together the faults of their mutual acquaintances are thoroughly discussed, rather than the excellent characteristics they possess. Just so: when any given group discusses journalism, it seems the faults are overplayed in the discussion. An internationally fam­ous sociologist sneers at the work of journalism and all its accomplishments . Another educator of some note looks down on the Press with. a supercilious expression and a shrug of the shoulders. More than enough publicity is given to the bad side of journalism. One learns just exactly how "yellow" it can be - just exactly how sensational and de grading. One hears that it is materialistic and connnercial­ized, and regretfully learns that sometimes it even stoops to taking bribes. People bring forth myriad examples to show just how weak and cowardly and vacillating the Press can be.


A Thesis Submitted to Partially Fulfill the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy College of Journalism