THE SOUTH - PRESS: Dixie's Best Dailies

The South has long been a land of first-rate newspaper editors and second-rate newspapers. Ralph McGill of the Atlanta Constitution, Josephus and Jonathan Daniels of the Raleigh News and Observer, Harry S. Ashmore of the Arkansas Gazette, Hodding Carter of the Delta Democrat-Times and other Southern editors became more distinguished for the strength of their convictions than the quality of their coverage.

The giants of Southern journalism have largely passed from the scene, but the newspapers of the South are probably better than ever. More and more Dixie dailies are starting to...

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