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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THt LETHimOOE HIMALD November HVWJ He'll be back Santa Glaus waves to the crowds at Toronto's annual pre-Christmas in his honor. An esti- mated people lined the route to catch a glimpse of the frosty old who promised to return for the big Canadian visit Dec. 24. Watergate is good for some writers By MARTIN ARNOLD New York Times Service WASHINGTON The Watergate disclosures have touched off- Washington journalists belive to be at least a minor revolu- tion in the craft of news repor- ting. like most this one combines the good with the bad. Reporers are riding for it was the press that un- earthed the Watergate scan- dals and brought about the investigations into them. It has become to be labeled an investigative and since the press in general has become more suspicious of official statements. Once the trend in journalism has swung toward the story which in turn breeds competition and is considered all to the good by most media people many Washington reporters feel the jour- nalistic atmosphere created during the heady days of Watergate has given a new sharpness to their own repor- ting One Washington correspon- dent for a major newspaper for that years we've all believed that large corporations were mak- ing illegal campaign contributions now we're proving and it makes for an important But there is another side for this press euphoria. There is the worry within the for that in scurrying about for the reporting in some cases might get sloppy. truth is there's a lot of fast and loose stuff being said Robert an associate editor of the Washington who is also the paper's ombudsman. On the other many reporters now feel the ap- parent insatiable demands from editors for exclusives has led to a new category of news the cares Thtl a itory that is ex-' elusive and is presented in the trappings of exclusivity formed sources but in reality is relatively unimpor- tant. Another par- ticularly for ntws organizations with smaller Washington reporting is that in the rush for Watergate other less dramatic but nonetheless im- portant news stories went without coverage. The New York for with one of the largest Washington news ing which three-quarters of the bureau's stories were about Watergate or had some relation to Watergate. And this created another that of for investigative reporting often requires endless hours of and often the facts found do not hold up and there is no story. Martin who heads the Washington news bureau for The Boston said his chief concern with Watergate that other news was be- ing squeezed out of the Washington reporters have another concern that grew out of Watergate. It is the in- stitutionalization of what is called That facts in a news article are attributed to unnamed sources. This has always been a problem for the Washington- _ based but just before Watergate most news gathering organizations were tightening up on the story. Now the practice is resum- ing again. on balance most Washington journalists believe Watergate has had a profoundly positive and even invigorating effect on their work. Newsmen told to fight back Fla. 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