The Press: Brighter Alternatives

Across the U.S. last week, newspapers indulged in strange acts of self-denial. The Salt Lake City Tribune told its advertisers to buy less space. The Los Angeles Times cut back the number of home delivery samples it sends to nonsubscribers, while both the Phoenix (Ariz.) Gazette and Arizona Republic dropped their first editions. The Westerly (R.I.) Sun ran a survey asking readers which features in the paper they would prefer to see omitted.

Behind such odd behavior lay a sudden, pinching shortage of newsprint, the rough, lightweight paper that is daily journalism's staff of...

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