No Amount of Book Learnin’

“…in journalism no amount of book learning can prepare one for the hard lessons of practical experience. While this probably applies to many businesses and professions, journalists can only consider their education well-rounded when they have learned to apply those ethics of accuracy and fairness under the duress of deadline pressure.

“Those are the lessons to be learned at the feet of the old pros; that is, the old practitioners of the profession of journalism.”

Walter Cronkite, from the introduction, Retta Blaney, ed., Journalism: Stories from the Real World, Golden, Colorado, North American Press, 1995.


Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website:

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