The Press: News Is Where You Find It

Many an Illinois daily considered the story front-page news. A six-year-old boy in Normal, Ill., had disappeared, and divers were brought in from Chicago to plumb an ice-covered gravel pit that the child usually crossed on the way home from school. But the Bloomington Pantagraph (circ. 39,384) last week steadfastly played the story on page 3. Reason: it was local news (Bloomington and Normal are twin cities), and the Pantagraph never uses local stories on the front page.

The Pantagraph's strange ban has been in force so long that no one on the paper remembers when it began, or why. Some say...

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