The Press: Looking Forward

Ira Clifton Copley figures that the time is ripe to set up shop in more small cities and print "chatty, back-fence community newspapers like we knew as children." Only that sort of paper, he is convinced, can compete with radio and national news magazines in the years ahead.

Ira Copley already owns 17 such dailies in Illinois and southern California, including two in San Diego (TIME, March 6). Last week he launched a 25-year expansion plan. As first steps he: 1) upped Scripps-Howard-trained Edward Thompson Austin to be his chain's executive editor; 2)...

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