Our Job Was to Report and Write and Let Readers Figure Out What the Stories Meant

At a recent lunch of old journalists we talked about how lucky we were to work as editors and reporters during print journalism’s best years, from the 1960s to the 2010s.

We agreed that journalism has attracted more people—all those Ivy League degrees!—who are better educated and more confident in the rightness of their thinking than we were. We assumed that most our readers were just as smart or smarter than we were so our job was just to report and write and let readers take it from there.

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