Newspapers: The Troubled Tide of Automation

New York Post Publisher Dorothy Schiff was tearfully threatening to shut down her paper unless she could save money by using a computerized typesetter. Bertram Powers, local boss of the International Typographical Union, was adamantly demanding 50% of any wage savings. Between the two, they were generating rumors that Manhattan might soon lose another daily. Then, after a week's trial run with the computer at the Post, Bert Powers went off on vacation. The paper went back to its old-fashioned Linotype machines, and Mrs. Schiff, apparently accepting at least a temporary defeat, announced the negotiations had been adjourned sine die.


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