The Press: Death in Newark

Newspaper competition in large cities has been shrinking steadily since World War II. Urban blight and the middle-class flight to the suburbs have dispersed both readership and retail advertising. Rising production costs are also forcing newspapers to merge with rivals or quit altogether. Already this year, Boston's Herald Traveler has been absorbed by the Record American and Washington's Daily News by the Evening Star. Last week it was the turn of the venerable Newark Evening News, for decades the biggest and best paper in New Jersey. Its death left Newark (pop. 382,000) the largest U.S. city with only a single newspaper,...

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