April 12, 2012
This Friday, Jan. 23, 1998 file photo shows the Wednesday, April 17, 1912 front page of The Owensboro Daily Messenger headlining news that the Titanic had sunk. It was a news story that would change the news. From the moment that a brief Associated Press dispatch relayed the wireless distress call _ "Titanic ... reported having struck an iceberg. The steamer said that immediate assistance was required" _ reporters and editors scrambled. In ways that seem familiar today, they adapted a dawning newsgathering technology and organized saturation coverage and managed to cover what one authority calls "the first really, truly international news event where anyone anywhere in the world could pick up a newspaper and read about it."
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For most of my life, I have been fascinated with the Titanic.