Newspapers: Supplements to the Diet

Newspapers were once content to dig up their own local news and run some wire-service copy on news of the rest of the world. Then they gradually began to import other material: columns, features, crossword puzzles, even editorials from various syndicates. Today they can add luster to their pages with "supplemental" news sent over leased wires by a handful of big metropolitan dailies. By paying anywhere from $50 to $850 a week, depending on their size and location, the papers, in effect, rent a Washington bureau and a string of foreign correspondents...

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