The Press: The Great Muckralcer

In the Manhattan editorial office of McClure's Magazine, one day in 1902, Samuel Sidney McClure gave his goateed managing editor a jolt straight from the shoulder. McClure told Lincoln Steffens: "You don't know how to edit a magazine." Snapped Steffens: "How can I learn?" Said McClure: "You can't learn here . . . Buy a railroad ticket, get on a train, and there, where it lands you, there you will learn." Steffens, then 36, and already a crack reporter (New York Evening-Post), bought a ticket to Chicago. Before his U.S. travels were over, he...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!