The Google of Newsrooms Past

Several of the latest entries have focused on social media, so I thought that I would change things up a bit and spotlight a nice nostalgic article about a classic print newsroom in Ohio. While debate rages on whether or not Google represents a digital vampire, as Dow Jones Chief Executive Les Hinton has so dramatically proclaimed, the fact remains that the online behemoth’s News section offers the ability to find locally written gems like this one. Penned by Mansfield News Journal reporter Ron Simon about a retiring colleague, his article also serves as a tribute to the way newspaper newsrooms used to be. Here is the Google cached link
If you enjoyed this article as much as I did, I would also recommend checking out old time reporter Jack Germond’s book, Fat Man in a Middle Seat. In addition to providing interesting anecdotes about his time on the McLaughlin Group, Germond also paints a nice picture of the typical local newspaper newsrooms of the past. Especially highlighting the time early in his career when he covered state politics in New York, before working his way into covering national politics with a number of DC-area newspapers.


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