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ByDavid B. Sachsman, Warren Sloat

New Jersey's 26 daily newspapers differ widely in size, scope, ability, and technology—ranging from grand, fullcolor, regional dailies to small, struggling, local papers. Nevertheless, it is possible to make some generalizations about them, and about the press and the suburbs. First, the general level of the state's daily newspapers appears to be fairly good. This impression is based on interviews and discussions with a variety of peripatetic reporters and editors who have worked for papers throughout the country. The American press, like professional baseball, has a number of different levels. New Jersey journalism is comparable to Triple-A baseball—full of good players waiting to be called up to the big leagues, the nation's major metropolitan dailies. Second, the general level of the state's daily newspapers is better than it was a generation ago. This is not unique to New Jersey, but part of a national trend.