The Press: Going National

Unlike Britain, a compact country abounding with newspapers of national character (ten daily, eight Sunday), the U.S. has no national newspapers. And there are many who doubt that the U.S. needs or would sustain one. The functions of a national newspaper are already performed by some of the nation's newsmagazines, as well as by news coverage on radio and TV. Moreover, the continental span—2,807 miles—poses formidable problems to any paper trying to reach readers in Los Angeles, New York, Madawaska, Me., and Brownsville, Texas, with the same news at the same time....

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