ERIC Number: ED188237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Newspaper Trains--America's First Fling at High-Speed Transmission of the Printed Word.
The railroad and newspaper industries grew up simultaneously during the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s, coming together in the common effort of delivering newspapers by rapid trains. The newspaper trade literature from that era contains romantic accounts of the exploits of these trains, while comparable railroad trade literature infrequently acknowledges that newspaper publishers did indeed require special (unscheduled) high-speed trains to deliver their papers. The trains, chartered cheaply because of the fierce rivalry among railroads, extended the reach of many papers, especially morning dailies; and they heightened intercity competition, particularly for the smaller dailies. It seems possible that newspaper trains delivering big city morning dailies led to the proliferation of evening papers in outlying towns and small cities. The extent of the close working relationship between newspapers and railroads raises questions about newspaper objectivity. The fast-train experience also accents modern questions about societal effects, because modern newspapers are in the midst of a new expansion--this time electronic--of their potential distribution area. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).