The Press: The Great Editors

The history of metropolitan newspapers in the U.S. is rightly written around the names of great editors and publishers. Charles A. Dana, Horace Greeley, James Gordon Bennett, William Randolph Hearst, the first Joseph Pulitzer, Adolph Ochs, Captain Joe Patterson—each left an indelible imprint on U.S. journalism. By publishing newspapers that reflected their own forceful personalities, they helped to create the great tradition of personal daily journalism. But it is a dying tradition. In its place, the complexity of covering world affairs has brought an age of efficient and impersonal news-gathering machines. Few...

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