This thesis examines the impact technological innovation has had on the newspaper business. The advent of computers in particular has greatly changed the waynewspapers are made, as the discrete steps in the production process, from thejournalist to editors to the people working in the composition room, havecollapsed and ultimately been eliminated.
Technology has been used by management as a means of cutting cost and raisingprofits, while trade unions that have traditionally had a strong standing atnewspapers, have seen their powerbase erode as the skill and knowledge that was the basis of their trade has been taken over by machines.
Six newspapers are examined: the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and San Diego Union-Tribune, all residing within the state of California; and VG, Dagbladet,and Aftenposten in Norway. These papers have faced similar technological challenges,but the outcome has varied from site to site.