Journalism

THE MEDIA BUSINESS; In San Jose, Knight-Ridder Tests a Newspaper Frontier

The transition to electronic journalism is bringing with it some challenges to old rules of the trade. Mercury Center, for instance, includes news and business employees, breaching the traditional wall that separates the two at most newspapers. Its executives say they are committed to maintaining editorial independence, but contend that news and business employees must work together to shape the new venture into a money-making enterprise. To the consternation of some in the newsroom, editors of