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Columbia editor recalls the changes in newspapers over the years.

Tom McLean talks about the differences between a family owned and corporate newspaper; and how times have changed in the newspaper business.

Louis Sossamon

Tom McLean

Born: July 30, 1938 in Blythewood

Newspaper History:
- The Columbia Record
-The State

- University of South Carolina

Military Service: U.S. Air Force

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The full interview is one hour and four minutes.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
-Introduction/McLean's start in the newspapers (01:34-9:48)
-The State vs The Columbia Record (9:56-13:37)
-Competition between The State and The Columbia Record (13:56-14:59)
-The role of The State (15:11-19:19)
-Hurricane Hugo (19:29-21:10)
-Past challenges in the newspaper (21:20-29:00)
-Stories about the University of South Carolina (30:59-35:50)
-Remembering Ben Morris (36:00-38:47)
-Shifts from family ownership to corporate ownership (39:08-47:36)
-The trial of Jim Fitts (47:55-50:30)
-Recalling past co-workers (50:45-58:24)
-Advice for up-and-coming journalists (58:32-1:00:13)

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