How Dailies Cover a TV War

After a slow start, newspapers play catch-up with fresh angles, skeptical analysis and a blizzard of lively graphics

Covering the gulf war is a tough assignment for any journalist, but consider the poor newspaper reporter. Hamstrung by pool restrictions in the field, overshadowed by glamorous TV correspondents, dependent for much of their information on CNN, daily scribes can be excused for feeling a bit underutilized. "A friend took a picture of me the other day taking notes in front of a television set," says Kim Murphy, who is reporting from Saudi Arabia for the Los Angeles Times. "That's what being a war correspondent has come to."

Editors back home are grappling with the same kind of problem. In a...

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