The Press: The Claw

Half a century ago, rough and ready U.S. journalism boiled with such competition that Bostonians could take their daily pick of twelve daily English-language papers, Chicagoans of ten, New Yorkers of 20. By 1916, the alltime peak year, no less than 2,461 dailies were in business. By last week, when the American Newspaper Publishers Association met for its annual convention in New York, the total number of U.S. dailies had dropped to about 1,750. And in only 76 U.S. communities were there dailies in competition.

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