The Press: How the News Spread

In Andy Jackson's day, the Nashville Republican had already gone to press when a big story came in. So the conscientious editor laboriously scrawled on the margin of each copy his last-minute bulletin: "Mrs. Jackson has just Expired."

Last week, U.S. editors had much bigger news to report quickly, but with far better mechanical facilities. The public was hungry for details. Said Ivan Annenberg, circulation manager of Manhattan's Daily News: "In all my years of newspapering, I have never seen papers sold so fast." Newspapermen had long since conceded radio's advantage in speed....

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