Newspapers: Slow-Motion Merger in New York

At the New York World-Telegram and Sun, morale is down in the dumps. Editor Richard Peters has gone on vacation, and staffers doubt that he will return to work. One staffer after an other has left for another job. At the Journal-American, reporters are calculating their seniority and worrying about whether they can survive a merger. The word is out that peripatetic Editor John Denson is getting ready to move once more. In the city room of the Herald Tribune, reporters long hardened to the possibility that the paper itself might not survive are beginning to nurse a new...

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