The Press: No News Is Bad News

What happens in a big U.S. city when all daily newspapers stop publishing? Last week Pittsburgh was finding out. When the Mailers' Union went on strike a fortnight ago—and the Drivers' Union refused to load papers — Pittsburgh's Scripps-Howard's Press, Hearst's Sun-Telegraph, William Block's Post-Gazette were forced to close.

By the second week of the shutdown, Pittsburgh's 3,000 to 3,500 copies of out-of-town dailies made up the major supply of newspapers for a city which normally buys 800,000 papers a day. Early every morning, long lines queued up outside the city's newsstands to scramble...

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