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[Susan notes: On target!! Great letter.]

Submitted to Boston Globe but not published

To the editor

I was very disappointed to see that the Boston Globe did not win a single Pulitzer Prize this year. ("Rural Va. Paper wins Pulitzer," April 13, 2010). Perhaps it's time to consider some serious reforms to bolster the shaky performance.

I suggest that we consider "No Newspaper Left Behind" -- a program that would institute testing of editorial staff, longer hours for reporters and other professionals, (unpaid) re-training for staff who are not up to snuff. (There would have to be a public discussion of what's "snuff" of course.)

As a measure of public support for newspaper reform, I propose a "Report for America" program where we bring in large numbers of inexperienced recent college graduates for a two-year stint, thereby bringing fresh blood, insight, intelligence and energy to the newspaper industry.

Finally, we should really consider privatizing the newspaper, establishing "charter" newspapers -- oh no! you say it is already in private hands and still has not won any awards? Perhaps we should judge the newspaper by its objectivity and effectiveness in educating the readers about school reform, foreign policy, energy issues, etc.

Charles Levenstein

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