Reporting: Apprenticeship for Legend

On the register of journalistic recognition, the City News Bureau of Chicago makes only a modest mark. It is an unsung news-gathering cooperative, started 75 years ago by the city's daily newspapers, and it is still wholly dependent on them and the 15 Chicago radio and TV stations that meet its bills. C.N.B.'s 40 reporters start at coolie wages of $65 a week and do coolie tasks. They take pollen counts every summer day and hourly temperatures the year around. They record marriage licenses, divorces, births, deaths and the sordid minutiae of...

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