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40 years ago: New York Times publisher addresses KU audience

March 19, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 19, 1974:

  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, spoke to a group of journalists from across the country today at Kansas University. Sulzberger, speaking after he was presented the William Allen White Foundation's 1974 award for national journalistic merit, told the crowd of about 120 at the Kansas Union that the press had to earn public support in order to win public respect. "Within our individual capacities, are we responsibly giving our readers a thorough, balanced presentation of the news? Are we doing our best to be honest and fair? Do we give proper space to varied points of view, particularly, those with which we disagree? Do we heed criticism and report it? Do we pay serious attention to our errors, acknowledge and correct them?" he asked. Sulzberger warned that attacks on the press were not limited to conspicuous targets, but that "some local officials and even jurists are taking their shots at smaller newspapers, broadcasting stations, magazines and even college papers in all parts of the country," a phenomenon he described as "a pervasive and persistent epidemic which will be most difficult to check."
  • A large deer startled Lawrence motorists in the mid-morning hours today when it reportedly bolted from the west side of Massachusetts to the east side, around the vicinity of South Park. When last seen, the doe was continuing eastward.

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