History of the New York Times, 1851-1921

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CHAPTER III
Modern News-gathering, 1900-1914

So much for the editorial policies from 1900 to 1914. The period under discussion was, however, above all a period of development in the news service of The Times. All the newspapers in New York had a better idea of what was news in 1914 than they had in 1900, all of them knew more about what to do with news when they had it, and though they made less noise about the getting of the news than they had been inclined to do in the nineties, they got more news and more reliable news than they had ever done before. In this gradual improvement The Times led the way. Whatever its relative position in New York journalism -- which is a matter of opinion, perhaps -- that position was higher in 1914 than in 1900. It was to become higher still during the war, but in the years before the war was laid the foundation of the great organization for getting and publishing the news which is the chief distinction of The Times today.

The history of the paper's growth in this period is not easy to tell, for it is not a matter of isolated "beats," of great individual achievements rising from a level plain of daily routine, of great crusades or magnificent exposures. The Times has had plenty of "beats" and has shown its enterprise in digging up more than one neglected field of the news. but

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