Press: News by the Numbers

When Henry Morton Stanley went to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone for the New York Herald, he may have carried no more than a note pad and a few supplies. In the electronic age, reporters backpack a heavier load. A network correspondent must lead a safari of a producer and camera and sound technicians. Each network spends up to $10 million a year to maintain Washington offices, but even the smallest bureau can run up a $500,000 annual tab. CBS spends nearly as much on Diane Sawyer's $1.2 million contract as on the three bureaus it will be closing down --...