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Richard Zoglin. "The Last Great Newspaper." Time (September 29, 1997). Zoglin, Time's media watcher, offers an enthusiastic status report on the New York Times, which he attributes to gradual improvements in management and the editing and reporting staff.

Richard McCord. The Chain Gang: One Newspaper Versus the Gannett Empire (University of Missouri Press, 1996). A case study on Gannett's Operation Demolition to run the weekly Salem, Oregon, Community Press out of business. McCord, himself a weekly publisher, includes a brief history of the Gannett chain.

William Shawcross. Murdoch (Simon & Schuster, 1993). Shawcross chronicles the rise of Rupert Murdoch as a global media baron and attempts to explain what motivates the man. Shawcross, a British journalist, relies extensively on interviews with people around Murdoch and Murdoch himself.

James D. Squires. Read All About It! The Corporate Takeover of America's Newspapers (Times Books, 1993). Squires, a former Chicago Tribune executive, makes a case that newspaper managers are preoccupied with advertising and profits. As a result, the traditional separation of advertising and news staffs has eroded, which has led to coverage that is compromised by newspapers' financial interests.

Jim Strader. "Black on Black." Washington Journalism Review (March 1992), Pages 33-36. Strader, a Pittsburgh reporter, discusses the decline of national black newspapers and their hopes to beef up local coverage to restore their influence.

Christopher Palmeri and Joshua Levine. "No Habla Español." Forbes (December 24, 1991), Pages 140-142. These Forbes reporters conclude that the idea of a vast, unassimilated Spanish-language media market in the United States is "a myth fostered by professional multiculturists and hucksters."

Leo Bogart. Preserving the Press: How Daily Newspapers Mobilized to Keep Their Readers. (Columbia University Press, 1991). Bogart, a newspaper industry analyst, describes the strengths and weaknesses of newspapers in times of changing technology, changing reader life-styles and preferences, and new options for advertisers through other media.

Jonathan Curiel. "Gay Newspapers." Editor & Publisher (August 3, 1991), Pages 14-19. Curiel, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, gives a history of gay newspapers and their growing attractiveness as an advertising medium.

Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press. The Age of Indifference (Times Mirror Company, 1990). This major study found that young people have significantly less interest in news than the generations before them. They read fewer newspapers and watch less news on television.

Al Neuharth. Confessions of an S.O.B. (Doubleday, 1989). Neuharth, who created USA Today, explains his controversial newspaper management style in this sprightly autobiography.

Lauren Kessler. Against the Grain: The Dissident Press in America (Sage, 1984). Kessler surveys the newspapers of minority and persecuted groups throughout U.S. history.

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Norman Beasley. Mary Baker Eddy: The Cross and the Crown. (1952).

Edwin Diamond. Behind the Times: Inside the New York Times. Villard, 1994). Diamond, media columnist for New York magazine, updates Gay Talese's classic 1969 study of the most prestigious newspaper in the United States.

Peter Binzen, editor. Nearly Everybody Read It: Snapshots of the Philadelphia Bulletin. Camino Books, Philadelphia.

Francis X. Dealy. The Power and the Money: Inside the Wall Street Journal. Birch Lane, 1993. Dealy, a former Dow Jones employee, claims the Journal has gone soft, citing a lack of investigative fervor on the 1980s' excesses in American business. Dealy argues that the newspaper missed scandals that would not have escaped its attention in an earlier era.

Edward E. Scharfe. Worldly Power: The Making of the Wall Street Journal. Beaufort, 1986. Traces the history of the Journal with emphasis on its editorial leadership since World War II.

Winthrop Neilson and Frances Neilson. What's News: Dow Jones: Story of the Wall Street Journal (1973).

Katharine Graham. Personal History. Knopf, 1997. The long-time publisher of the Washington Post recounts the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and other important episodes in the newspaper's history in this autobiography.

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