Remembering a ‘man of unbending character’

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 29, 2015
By: Tzou Jiing-wen  /  Staff reporter

“He views running newspapers as a conscientious enterprise,”

Lin Rung San, right, founder of the Taipei Times and the Liberty Times, presents the Eighth Lin Rung San Literary Award on Nov. 17, 2012.  Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times

Lin Rung San, right, founder of the Taipei Times and the Liberty Times, presents the Eighth Lin Rung San Literary Award on Nov. 17, 2012. Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times

journalism professor Cheng Jim-ming (鄭貞銘) said about Lin Rung San (林榮三), founder of the Taipei Times and its sister newspaper, the Chinese-language Liberty Times, in his book titled A Century of Journalists.

Throughout his life, Lin had always stood by this credo, leading his employees by example.

Lin died yesterday afternoon of a tumor-induced cardiopulmonary failure. He was 76 years old.

Lin’s contributions to the Liberty Times not only helped to transform it from a local newspaper with a readership based in Taichung to a newspaper with the largest circulation in the nation, but also shaped it into one of the most influential newspapers in Taiwan.

During the Liberty Times’ formative years, Lin had often told his employees that running a newspaper is a resource-intensive business that requires capital and a large pool of talent, and that he would provide all necessary support to produce a newspaper capable of reflecting the opinions of all 23 million Taiwanese.     [FULL  STORY]

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