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Published in Grassroots Editor: A Journal for Newspeople 33:3 (Fall 1992), pp. 8–9. Copyright © 1992 Will Norton and Michael Stricklin. Grassroots Editor is published by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.


There are distinct differences in how editors of community newspapers and editors of metropolitan newspapers view journalism preparation.

Editors of newspapers with circulations of fewer than 10,000 place significantly more emphasis on journalism coursework, career planning, newspaper economics and knowledge of the local community than do editors of larger newspapers.

Editors of newspapers with circulations greater than 10,000 place more emphasis on background in the liberal arts and previous newspaper experience than do editors of smaller newspapers.

These findings are the result of answers to a questionnaire mailed a few months ago to more than 1,600 daily newspaper editors throughout the nation. The 478 responses overwhelmingly demonstrated that community newspapers are big supporters of journalism programs.