chapter  5
16 Pages

The Great Trenton Newspaper War … and Peaceful Levittown

ByDavid B. Sachsman, Warren Sloat

Daily newspapers are published in 1,541 cities in the United States. Two or more dailies are published in 148 of these cities. But most of the two-newspaper cities are one-publisher cities, with a single owner controlling both a morning and an afternoon paper. Trenton, the capital of New Jersey, is the home of the Trenton Times, an Allbritton newspaper, and the Trentonian, an Ingersoll paper. It is also the site of the great Trenton newspaper war, one of the last remaining head-to-head newspaper wars in America. On Friday, October 30, 1981, a young, bearded man in shirt sleeves called for attention in the newsroom of the Trenton Times. As the great Trenton newspaper war continued through the 1970s, the Trentonian clung to its blue-collar readership by increasingly accenting the local, while the Trenton Times became more and more obsessed with the war itself.