Jon Lackman: Questions need for editor’s bachelor’s degree

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Published: 4/2/2018 9:31:26 PM
Questions need for editor to have bachelor’s degree

I read in the Gazette’s Classified section that you are hiring an editor-in-chief.

I encourage you to reconsider one of the job requirements: “Bachelor’s degree.” Recent books, including “Excellent Sheep” by William Deresiewicz and “The Case Against Education” by Bryan Caplan, demonstrate that a bachelor’s degree is proof of little, if anything, today. You might even argue that the conformist spirit on campus is inimical to the cultivation of a properly skeptical journalistic mind.

There is a storied history of degree-less journalists: Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, William Safire, and Nina Totenberg, to name a few. H.L. Mencken left school at 15. Harold Ross, the founder of The New Yorker, left school at 13.

Suppose these figures applied for your editorship. Would you turn them all down?

Jon Lackman

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