Press: The Best Papers Under the Sun

In Florida, competition breeds quality, not cheap sensation

America's sprawling geography has not lent itself to the development of national newspapers, except the specialized Wall Street Journal. Yet there has been a vigorous tradition of dominant statewide papers: the Louisville Courier-Journal in Kentucky, the Des Moines Register in Iowa, the Minneapolis Tribune in Minnesota. In the past that list would have featured the Miami Herald, which offered home delivery through most of Florida. But in the years since 1973, as the Herald became even better and Florida grew substantially more populous, circulation of the...

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