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Behind the Scenes of a Major
Futurists have called newspapers the
last of the great smokestack industries-
decrepit, dated, and destined to die. Fresh
Ink offers proof that this need not be true.
By offering an inside look at what is
arguably the most successful newspaper
in the country, this book makes an impor-
tant contribution to the history of journal-
ism. It answers such questions as: How do
stories get selected for the front page?
How does a newspaper balance the needs
of its readers with those of its advertis-
ers? How do the people being written
about respond to the coverage?
David Gelsanliter chose The Dallas
Morn ing News because it was a family
controlled newspaper which was quickly
becoming the leading newspaper in the
southwest, winning six Pulitzer Prizes
along the way, one of them for graphics-
the only newspaper ever to do so. The
focus is on a week in the life of The Morn-
ing News, the death a month later of its
rich and powerful rival the Dallas Times
Herald and how The News has challenged
some of the industry's conventional
Newspapers are still a mass medium,
able to gather a set of facts and create a
sense of community each day-if they
will. They are a unique blend of street
smarts and sophisticated technology, in a
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Gelsanliter, David. Fresh Ink: Behind the Scenes at a Major Metropolitan Newspaper, book, 1995; Denton, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28329/m1/2/: accessed August 12, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.