Finished reading “Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism.” Major praise for Christopher B. Daly for cradle to current coverage. One of the best books I’ve read in a while.
So now that I am an expert (tongue firmly planted in cheek), I’ll offer my list of the greatest newspaper publishers. Magazines such as McClures, Time and Colliers were giants, but please note this is for newspapers only (some publishers owned both), and without a doubt it comes with an East Coast and Big Apple bias. And I should have put the papers in italics but I've got a deadline...
1. Joseph Pulitzer, 1847-1911, St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World
Increased both readership and integrity.
2. William Randolph Hearst, 1863-1951, San Francisco Examiner, New York Journal.
Rival with Pulitzer, created a vast empire.
3. Adolph Ochs, 1858-1935, The New York Times
A line from the movie, “Too Big To Fail,” says it all – “The New York “f------” Times.”
4. Horace Greeley, 1811-1872, New York Tribune
Comes up when you google influential.
5. Benjamin Day, 1810-1889, New York Sun
Early pioneer and creator of the “Penny Press.”
6. James Gordon Bennett, 1841-1918, New York Herald
I’m biased on this one. Bennett built the original polo grounds where Giants roamed.
7. William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879, The Liberator
One of the greatest abolitionists who also promoted women’s’ rights.
8. Frederick Douglass,1818-1895, The North Star, The New National Era
From enslaved human to influential publisher. I should rank him higher.
9. Katherine Graham, 1917-2001, The Washington Post
Good luck Jeff…
10. Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, The Pennsylvania Gazette
Was there anything great he didn’t do?
11. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, 1891-1968, New York Times
Ah, the heady days of one million subscribers and foreign correspondents…
12. Rupert Murdoch, 1931-
Love him or hate him, he’s a well-known captain of the modern industry.