Life and Career of Burl Osborne
The Dallas Morning News, the second largest newspaper in Texas, has a circulation of over 350,000. Mr. Osborne, who began work for the… read more
The Dallas Morning News, the second largest newspaper in Texas, has a circulation of over 350,000. Mr. Osborne, who began work for the News in 1980, explained the importance of the media and newspapers in public affairs. He also discussed freedom of the press issues faced by the national news media. Mr. Osborne received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; his master’s degree in business from Long Island University; and later graduated from Harvard Business School. After explaining his early interest in journalism, he discussed the state of the Texas economy and the recession the state experienced in the mid-1980s. He related the Texas economy with that of the United States economy, but pointed out that it was still somewhat counter cyclical. He mentioned that slow, modest progress was now occurring in Texas. When asked what made Dallas a unique city, he remarked that the city had recently undergone a change from a banking and financial center to a more telecommunications and technologically-oriented community. Because of the diversity of the city, he believed that the News ought to cover a wide variety of stories for readers. "It is in everybody’s interest to find a middle ground that preserves security and yet maximizes the access that people have to where the action is," Mr. Osborne replied when asked about how to value today’s media. close
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