New York newspaper employees went on strike 50 years ago in a fight over technology

Scott Sherman writes in his piece on the 114-day New York newspaper strike of 1962 and 1963:

If the strike hastened the decline of newspaper culture in New York, it also changed the landscape of literary journalism: the void created by the news blackout helped to launch and solidify the careers of Gay Talese, Nora Ephron, Pete Hamill, and Wolfe himself.

“The freedom that came with that strike,” says Talese, who was then a 30-year-old Timesman, “made me, for the first time, know what it was like to be a writer rather than a reporter whose life was owned by the Times.”

A half-century later, some New York journalists are still livid about what happened, reports Sherman. Tom Wolfe tells him: “This was an absolutely foolish strike.”

* How the 1962-63 newspaper strike crippled a newspaper town (vanityfair.com)

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