Newspapers: The Week the Dam Broke

"Up to just lately," said Editor William Calhoun Baggs of the Miami News, "it's been lean times for our front page. Our lead story one day last week was something like FHA FORECLOSURES AT NEW HIGH. Well, that was the way it was. Then, all of a sudden, the dam broke." Into the Miami News, and into newsrooms all over the U.S., spilled one of the heaviest torrents of big stories ever to tax the resources of the press.

Three major events broke with an abruptness that gave editors little time for orderly...

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