By Donna Lampkin Stephens
Whereas the Heiskell/Patterson kin were devoted to caliber journalism, Gannett was once interested in the base line. The company shifted the Gazette’s editorial concentration from giving readers what they had to be engaged electorate to informing them approximately what they need to do of their relaxation time. whereas in lots of methods the chain trivialized the Gazette’s project, the paper controlled to hold its more advantageous caliber. yet monetary issues made the variation in Arkansas’s ongoing newspaper struggle. because the head of a privately held corporation, Hussman had purely himself to respond to to, and he by no means flinched whereas spending $42 million in his conflict with the Pattersons and thousands extra opposed to Gannett. Gannett finally misplaced $108 million in the course of its 5 years in Little Rock; Hussman stated his losses have been some distance much less yet nonetheless within the tens of millions.
Gannett needed to solution to apprehensive stockholders, so much of whom had no tie to, or wisdom of, Arkansas or the Gazette. For Hussman, the Arkansan, the conflict were own because a minimum of 1978. it really is no shock that the company blinked first, and the Arkansas Gazette died on October 18, 1991, the sufferer of company journalism.
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If It Ain't Broke, Break It: How Corporate Journalism Killed the Arkansas Gazette by Donna Lampkin Stephens