Newspapers: The Road Back

It is a journalistic axiom that newspapers never fully recover from the effects of a prolonged strike. Their readers give increasing attention to magazines, radio and TV—and begin looking at papers still publishing along the perimeter of the strike zone. Some customers lose the newspaper-reading habit for good. Thus it was no surprise when New York's 114-day newspaper strike finally ended last spring, that its effects began to be felt almost at once.

Because of their sheer number, Manhattan's seven dailies are particularly vulnerable to strike damage. There are simply not enough readers to support them all; only two of the...

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