Academic journal article Journalism History

The Unauthorized Story of Vancouver's Newspaper Monopoly

Academic journal article Journalism History

The Unauthorized Story of Vancouver's Newspaper Monopoly

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Edge, Marc. Pacific Press: The Unauthorized Story of Vancouver's Newspaper Monopoly. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2001. 450 pp. $29.

The rich history of Canadian journalism has been inadequately recorded and analyzed. There is a dearth of comprehensive histories and in-depth case studies, and too many histories are anecdotal memoirs by editors and have varying quality.

Marc Edges book on the Vancouver publishing corporation, Pacific Press, attempts to fill one of those historical gaps. He offers a profile and critique of one of the most influential news organizations in the history of Western Canadian journalism. Pacific Press began publishing the two daily newspapers in Vancouver, the Province and the Sun, in 1957. The saga of Pacific Press is a tumultuous parade of owners and editors, the arrival of chain ownership, efforts to stem a decline in circulation, the elimination of competition, and bitter union-management disputes. The stakes were high: Pacific Press needed to protect its dominance of daily publishing in a large Canadian city. Since many of the same developments happened at other newspapers, this study of Pacific Press is also a study of trends in Canadian newspapers throughout forty yearm

A former Province reporter, Edge did much of the research for the book while completing his doctorate in mass communication from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He supplements his historical research-complete with notes, an index, and a bibliography-with considerable strong opinion and evaluation. …

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