Magazine article The Quill

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article The Quill

Letters to the Editor

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FAX OF THE FUTURE?

Dear editor:

In the December issue of Quill, "The Ever-Evolving Newspaper," made for fascinating reading, especially when it talked of the journalism of the future.

It made me think of my undergraduate days at Temple University in the late 1940s and our concern about the journalism of our future.

The big thing was the facsimile - a fax newspaper in every living room! It was the future, then.

The only problem (other than getting machines into every home, of course) was what to do with long stories. There were no individual sheets of the special-coated fax papers then, only a long roll. If the story "jumped" to a later page, how would a reader go back and read the pages that came before, since a long roll of paper was spewing out of the machine.

And how to handle that long roll as it accumulated? …

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