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1952: Al Capp Views the Networks

By Technology December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the April 1952 issue of Nieman Reports.] The two main ways to communicate ideas in America are by press and radio. I’ve communicated with America both ways. I’ve found freedom of speech in the American … Read more

The Triumph Of Text

By Technology September 15, 1998

I’m not very good at prognostication, although I have had my moments. I predicted in January of 1992 that Bill Clinton would become president. (I have witnesses, I swear.) I predicted that the Denver Broncos would win last year’s Super … Read more

On-line Profits From News Must Wait

By Technology June 15, 1998

In the three years or so that media organizations have operated on-line news sites very few, if any, have made a profit. There aren’t many success stories to highlight. The best-known example of a soon-to-be profitable news site is The … Read more

On the Web, Speed Instead of Accuracy

By Technology March 15, 1998

It was, yet again,another "defining" moment for on-line media. Most of the early details of the alleged affair between President Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky had emerged on the Web. Between Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report and News-week’s AOL … Read more