In the ""clear, understandable English prose"" whose passing he laments, Mr. Hohenberg, veteran journalist, doggedly sets forth his estimate of the inadequacies and present snarls of the Fourth Estate. Writing, in the majority of news media, allows pre-fab structure to determine substance (the author presents some depressing examples). Little chance for reflection upon events since the rush for production leads to predictable forms which can mislead and do a disservice to the sense of public responsibility news media should have. The news writer must be ""a good citizen first; a good journalist second."" Throughout, in discussing the conflicts between newsmen and government, the problem of news and the law, the author urges that the profession adopt a stringent self-discipline with an insistence on independence whenever government ""managing"" seems unfair or unwise. A senior journalist plugs for courage, inner reform and good writing. For future and current journalists, a salutary brief.