The trend is unmistakable: Fewer Americans are reading print newspapers as more turn to the internet for their news. And while the percentage of people who read newspapers online is growing rapidly, especially among younger generations, that growth has not offset the decline in print readership.
February 27, 2009
Rocky Mountain News video speaks for itself.
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February 2, 2009
- “Israel and Hamas: Conflict in Gaza (2008-2009),” January 15, 2009. (Congressional Research Service)
- Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, answers readers questions.
January 30, 2009
Publisher Eddy Hartenstein has ordered the California section killed, leaving the L.A. Times without a separate local news front for the first time since the paper’s early decades. The publisher decided to fold local news inside the front section — which will be reconfigured to downplay national and foreign news — despite what an official of the paper confirmed for me was the unanimous and vocal objections of senior editors. More from LA Observed.
September 10, 2008
Earlier this week, Google officially announced the expansion of their digital newspaper archive. When Google News Archive Search was first launched in 2006, the focus was on major media. The search engine giant is now indexing and digitizing papers from around the country, including smaller local papers.
You can find material by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News. (If you haven’t checked out the timeline feature yet, its pretty cool.) News Archive search results include both free and for-a-fee results. The advanced search options allows you to specify your preference.
July 25, 2008
Recently released from the various Pew Centers:
It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. Business coverage is either packaged in an increasingly thin stand-alone section or collapsed into another part of the paper. The crossword puzzle has shrunk, the TV listings and stock tables may have disappeared, but coverage of some local issues has strengthened and investigative reporting remains highly valued. Full Report
Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13, 2008. (Full Report: PDF)
As the United States seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from motor vehicles and to lessen its dependence on imported oil, biofuels are gaining increasing attention as one possible solution. This paper offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their GHG emissions, and associated policy issues.
(Full Report: PDF)
The outlook for the presidential election at mid-year is substantially different than at comparable points in time in recent campaigns. First, turnout is likely to be higher this fall – perhaps much higher than in previous elections – as voter interest continues at record levels. Second, as has been the case since the start of the campaign, Democrats enjoy a substantial engagement advantage over Republicans that may significantly alter the composition of the November electorate.
Third, while there has been considerable debate about whether Hillary Clinton’s supporters will rally behind Barack Obama in the fall, it is clear that both candidates face formidable challenges in consolidating their bases. (Full Report: PDF)
July 21, 2008
June 6, 2008
From today’s Wall Street Journal
Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell detailed planned changes to the company’s struggling newspaper division, including a reduction in the number of pages and staffers at its daily papers.
Mr. Zell also disclosed that Tribune has collected data on the productivity of every journalist at its papers and plans to use that data to “right-size” the staff size to correspond with smaller newspapers. The company didn’t detail the planned size or timing of staff reductions but said decisions would be left up to publishers of the individual papers. “You can eliminate a fair number of people while eliminating not very much content,” Mr. Michaels said. FULL ARTICLE
January 4, 2008
Romensko has more.
December 12, 2007
Foreign Films Translate Into Growing Revenue Stream, Newspapers Do Not
The U.S. Census released the 2006 Service Annual Survey: Information Sector Services, a series of economic tables that are part of a larger package. The Information Sector includes newspaper publishers, books and periodicals; the film industry; broadcast companies; telecommunications companies; and Internet service providers.
Details from the survey: