Posted on May 10, 2010 in General Interest
“The problems are not uniform across the industry. Big-city papers continue to have
the worst of it in these difficult times. Small dailies and community weeklies,
with the exception of some that are badly positioned or badly managed, still do
better. The latter come closer to the late-20th century position of newspapers as
the dominant source for local information and the place for local merchants to advertise.”
By Deb Shaw
Editor, Suburban Publisher
While the news media industry has spent the last few years reeling from the financial
pitfalls of the economic meltdown, declining readership and plummeting advertising
revenues, small dailies and community weeklies have proved profitable, and are,
increasingly, the dominant source for local coverage.
So concludes The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State
of the News Media 2010 report, covering two areas that are of particular interest
to SNA members — Newspapers and Online.
As expected, the report reveals the challenging economic state of the newspaper
industry, and paints a stark picture of the woeful economic realities at many metro
newspapers. However, it points out that smaller, suburban and community newspapers
are faring much better economically.
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