Archive: Jun 1999

Excerpt From Remarks

By Opinion June 15, 1999

Before you can discuss what might be done [with newspapers] you have to look at the business proposition that you’re dealing with…. The people who own these journalistic institutions, by and large, are large companies…in which these journalistic institutions play … Read more

Essay

By Opinion June 15, 1999

“The chief business of the American people is business.” So it was back in 1925 when President Calvin Coolidge offered that now famous aphorism about America’s fevered, overreaching economy in the roaring 1920’s. Coolidge didn’t foresee the coming crash and … Read more

Excerpt From Remarks

By Opinion June 15, 1999

There has been more than a little talk lately about how well the editorial and business sides of journalism work together. Since I am at least in part the cause of some of the ruckus, let me tell you my … Read more

Essay

By Opinion June 15, 1999

Once upon a time the editor of a daily newspaper edited. There’s little risk of that happening now. The top newsroom manager probably has a title like vice president and executive editor, spends most of the time in meetings with … Read more

Excerpt From Letter

By Opinion June 15, 1999

… It is my utter conviction that newspapers are a business and, since their production is a team process, no department can be immune from the fact. They are expensive to equip and run, and the only way to ensure … Read more