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George Seldes: The Journalist’s Journalist

October 21, 2011

George Seldes is a patron saint for journalists; his coverage, controversial stances and work ethic are the ideal for any journalist who cares at all about the profession and free society. Just his piece on the link between biased coverage of the adverse effects of cigarettes and tobacco advertisements in newspapers is a crowning achievement in anyone’s eyes. Add to that the censored scoop he obtained about how the U.S. probably won WWI or his relentless criticism of the media as a whole, and you have a journalist above all journalist.

Seldes is especially important for journalists to look to now because as corporate ownership of media increases, the ease of bowing to authority for a few dollars more is an easy path to take. Even when working for a college newspaper it is easy to forget that we should still pry into the issues we cover, ask tough questions and find the truth; for no matter how small something may seem it still affects someone. We, as journalists, should always look for ways to improve our craft, and we need look no farther than George Seldes.

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