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PAULINE'S PICK: Newark 'Star-Ledger' Revisits 1967 Riots

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

PAULINE'S PICK: Newark 'Star-Ledger' Revisits 1967 Riots

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Big Web presentations are like any special newspaper project: When a paper knows a big anniversary is coming up, its staff plans coverage and sinks its teeth into research and reporting. Now that newspapers have to deal with putting content online, it adds another facet to their planning stages. In addition to editing, technology snags have to be factored in as well.

The payoff, though, can be well worth it. Today I looked at the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger's package recalling the city's 1967 riots. Some say it was the event that sparked the city's decline. Others argue that racial tensions had been brewing for years in the area, and the riots were the tipping point. Whatever the case, the Star-Ledger has spent months poring over documents to explain the fallout after a taxi driver was seen being dragged into a local police station, and how residents reacted.

Each day over the past week the Star-Ledger Web site has been updated with new stories about the conflict. There are also videos that feature interviews with residents, former National Guardsmen, and shopkeepers who were there, as well as scholarly analysis. …

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