America’s community-based daily and weekly newspapers remain the best-read publications in the print-based journalism industry, a recent study show.
They have the 62 percent of total print circulation, even though the number of those newspapers has declined since 2004.
According to the study, about 1,800 newspapers either closed or merged from 2004 to 2015, with most being local newspapers, and more specifically, weeklies. The community-based newspapers, however, still make up 70 percent of all newspapers.
Among the closed or merged newspapers, only 2% were dailies published in metropolitan areas, which have less than 30 percent of total print circulation in USA, according to the study conducted by Bill Reader, an associate professor at E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University.
His study also showed that despite the decline in community weekly newspapers, they dominate the overall print media industry in terms of total newspapers, total number of editors, total number of newsrooms and other categories.
The findings show that the USA had 8,671 newspapers in 2015, which is 1,811 fewer than in 2004.
Reader, B. (2018). Despite losses, community newspapers still dominate the US market. Newspaper Research Journal, 39(1), 32-41.