Circulation Falls at Top Papers

Newspapers reported lower circulation, again, pretty much across the board. In most cases, this is because of the wealth of information available through online resources. In some cases, the press is taking a beating for no longer reporting “just the facts” (credit to Dragnet).

When I was a kid, newspapers did a good job of keeping personal opinion out of news articles. Today, journalists seem to see no reason to separate data and their interpretation of that data. If I’m reading a professional newsletter from an industry expert, then I certainly want to know their opinion. If I’m reading a newspaper or magazine and the writer has no particular expertise in an area, then I just want the facts.

This from The Wall Street Journal:

Circulation fell sharply at most top U.S. newspapers in the latest reporting period, an industry group said Monday, with the exception of the two largest national dailies, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Those papers eked out gains of under 1%, while The New York Times, the No. 3 paper, fell 3.9% in the six months ending in March, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Newspaper circulation has been on a declining trend since the 1980s but the pace of declines has picked up in recent years as reader habits change and more people go online for news, information and entertainment.

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