Rewriting the News

There's a big story swirling around U.S. newsrooms, and it reads like an obituary. Consider: average U.S. newspaper circulation slid 2.5% in the half-year to April, and even the most successful papers are cutting staff. You'd think this would be enough to deter new competitors. But just as mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, so British publishers are venturing into the glare of the U.S. market. Last week, a trimmed-down version of London's Times hit newsstands in New York and New Jersey. Guardian Newspapers ceo Carolyn McCall also hinted at plans to launch a U.S. print...

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