Lloyd Schermer discusses the ownership of Montana newspapers by the Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM] before they sold to Lee Newspapers, located in Davenport, Iowa. Schermer describes the different political editorials the Missoulian and other Lee papers in Montana wrote, and how they worked to engage the local communities in politics. He talks about his interactions with Montana politicians such as Lee Metcalf and Mike Mansfield. Schermer also talks about the importance of attracting good people to the organization, the transition of Lee taking over Montana newspapers, and the newer kinds of equipment and technology the company introduced to those papers. Schermer concludes by telling several stories about his newspaper days in Montana, including one about Lee Metcalf and another about a feud between the Great Falls Tribune and the Montana Standard in Butte.
Lee Enterprises; Mansfield, Mike; Metcalf, Lee; Nutter, Don; Anaconda Copper Mining Company [ACM]; Newspapers, Montana; Political campaigns, press coverage; Political campaigns, Montana; Newspaper equipment; Newspaper reporters; Newspaper editors; Missoulian; Great Falls Tribune; Montana Standard
Lee Newspapers in Montana Oral History Project, OH 465, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (8 pp.: 28 cm.)
Schermer, Lloyd, "Lloyd Schermer Interview 1, 1975" (1975). Lee Newspapers in Montana Oral History Project. 5.