The Press: The Post-Dispatch

Not "all the news that's fit to print" was ever a satisfactory program for Joseph Pulitzer, vivid genius of latter-day U. S. journalism. He insisted that a newspaper must be not only a compendium of affairs but also a champion of ideals; and it was that theory which made his Post-Dispatch, founded 50 years ago in St. Louis, an astonishing success.

Early in December, 1878, Pulitzer paid $2,500 down for the teetering St. Louis Dispatch, which consisted of a patched-up press and an Associated Press franchise; and the first edition of the revitalized paper appeared on Dec. 12. Five years later it...

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