The Press: Test in Competition

On the witness stand a blonde prostitute listened attentively as defense counsel read smoky passages from love letters she had written to one of the two male defendants, both accused of white slavery.

She listened no more attentively than the five Minneapolis Tribune newsmen ranged along reporters' row in Minneapolis' U.S.

District Court. During the reading, the five reporters industriously scribbled notes. Then they hurried back to the paper, where each wrote his own story about the prostitute's day in court.. Next morning the Tribune carried one of the stories —but only one.

The Tribune's mass coverage of the trial of a notorious...

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