Press: Who's Running the Newsroom?

Five editors quit, reflecting new tensions with publishers

In the heyday of yellow journalism at the turn of the century, powerful publishers such as William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer did not hesitate to draft their newspapers into the service of a pet cause. Remember the Maine? But as papers strove for more credibility with readers and advertisers, publishers were banished from the newsroom, establishing a firm division that was often compared to the constitutional separation of church and state. These days, however, with economic and cultural changes wrenching the newspaper industry, many journalists are concerned that the once sacred boundary between business and editorial departments has begun to...

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