ONE OF quality journalism's mysteries -- the purpose of courses run by the likes hoax-abetter Margaret Simons, for instance -- has been solved. As (former) readers of The Age will be aware, reporters who boast more degrees than a thermometer offer no guarantees of fairness, accuracy or intelligence. Indeed, such qualifications strongly suggest the opposite.
So, if universities aren't there for the purpose of training journalists, what is their real purpose?
To keep editors who have ruined their newspapers off the streets, evidently.