The Chain Gang: One Newspaper Versus the Gannett Empire

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University of Missouri Press, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 290 pages
"They're closing in on me, Dick, and I'm afraid they're going to get me", said Frank Wood, publisher of the Green Bay News-Chronicle, in a phone call to his friend and colleague, Richard McCord. Drained of cash and spirit, Wood could not hold out much longer against a devouring giant, the Gannett Company. As editor and publisher of the nationally distinguished weekly Santa Fe Reporter, McCord had successfully fended off Gannett's "Operation Demolition" when it moved into town. Now Wood was seeking the help of a survivor. Startling case histories of the dubious tactics practiced by Gannett, unsparing insights into the newspaper industry, and harsh conclusions all come together in the dramatic story of these two men's efforts to save the small Green Bay daily from being obliterated at the hands of the nation's largest newspaper chain. Their success is a metaphor for one of the oldest triumphs of the world: that of David over Goliath.

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More than a straight David-and-Goliath tale of nobility over force, this book blends detective story, drama, and strong research to create a riveting newspaper yarn and an unrelenting indictment of ... Read full review

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The demise of locally owned newspapers and the disappearance of competing papers have been topics of growing concern among journalists, scholars, and citizens. As the owner of the Santa Fe Reporter ... Read full review


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