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ERIC Number: ED084556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 15
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Toward a Definition of "Suburban Newspaper."
Sim, John Cameron
A "suburban newspaper" cannot be simply defined as a "newspaper published in the suburbs" or a "rural publication." Instead, a description of the suburb and the newspaper must be combined to arrive at a more sound definition of the term. A suburb is "an area outside the political limits of a city but in that city's standard Metropolitan Statistical Area." James E. Pollard wrote that a "newspaper" is a publication "issued at frequent and regular intervals, with a paid following of regular readers...carrying general news...editorials...and advertising." The first recognition of the suburban newspaper was in 1914 with the formation of the Suburban Publishers Association, but there was no academic recognition of the term at that time. The significance of the association was that its members acknowledged that something did exist between city and country. In 1917, at a convention of the National Editorial Association, speakers urged the publication of "suburban weeklies." However, it was not until post-World War II that the suburban newspaper flourished, coinciding, as it did, with the rapid growth of the suburbs. (DS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Education in Journalism (Fort Collins, Colo., August 19-22, 1973)