The Pew Research Center’s latest study of newspapers once again provides us with an image of an unfolding disaster. Reporting for Pew, Michael Barthel wrote that “for newspapers, 2015 might as well have been a recession year.”
From Pew’s research:
• Weekday newspaper circulation fell 7% and Sunday circulation fell 4%, both showing their greatest declines since 2010.
• Overall advertising revenue experienced its greatest drop since 2009, falling nearly 8% in 2015.
• Digital advertising revenue fell 2% and non-digital advertising revenue dropped 10% in 2015.
• We’re still waiting on final employment figures for 2015, but in 2014 newsroom employment declined 10%, more than in any other year since 2009.
• The American Society of News Editors reported last year that daily newspapers in the U.S. employed 32,900 journalists. That was 24,000 (42%) fewer than the peak of 56,900 in 1990.
• The industry continues to shrink, with Editor & Publisher’s DataBook listing 126 fewer daily papers in 2014 than in 2004.
So, as you may have guessed already, the writing is on the wall.
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