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  1. “Newspapers” Dr. John V. Richardson Jr., Professor DIS 19 “Just Google It!” UCLA GSE&IS Department of Information Studies

  2. Newspapers • issued at stated, frequent intervals • daily, Los Angeles Times • weekly, Barron’s • semi-weekly • containing news, opinions, advertisements • and other items of current, often local interest • SOURCE: ALA Glossary (1983)

  3. First American Newspaper • Publick Occurrences: Both Foreign and Domestick • appeared on 25 September 1690 and • promptly ceased publication due to British charges of sedition

  4. Newspaper Circulation (1985) • Average Daily Paid Circulation: • Wall Street Journal: 1,910,085 • New York Daily News: 1,354,220 • USA Today: 1,352,897 • Los Angeles Times: 1,058,698 • The New York Times: 964,360 • New York Post: 804,441 • Chicago Tribune: 755,648 • The Washington Post: 737,480 • The Detroit News: 645,417 • The Detroit Free Press: 636,306

  5. Newspaper Circulation (1999 & 2001) • Average Daily Circulation: • The Wall Street Journal: 1,792,452 and 1,819,528 • USA Today, 1, 739,294 and 1,769,650 • The New York Times: 1,134,974 and 1,159,954 • Los Angeles Times: 1,098,347 and 1,058, 494 • The Washington Post: 809,059 and 802,594 • SOURCE: USA Today, 4 May 1999, p. 3B and Editor and Publisher 7 May 2001, p. 6.

  6. Top Sunday Papers (2001) • The New York Times, 1,698,281 • Los Angeles Times, 1,391,343 • The Washington Post, 1,070,809 • Chicago Tribune, 1,001,662 • The Denver Post, 970,934 • SOURCE: Editor and Publisher, 7 May 2001, p. 6

  7. Mid-Decade Decline • USA Today, 2.61 M • The Wall Street Journal, 3.07 M • The New York Times, 1.68 M • The Los Angeles Times, 1.25 M • The Washington Post, 1.00 M • SOURCE: New York Times, 3 May 2005.

  8. Editors’ Top Ten Choices • The New York Times (N=101) • The Washington Post (85) • The Wall Street Journal (84) • Los Angeles Times (81) • The Dallas Morning News (66) • Chicago Tribune (60 tie) • The Boston Globe (60 tie) • San Jose Mercury News (54) • St. Petersburg Times (51) • The Sun (Baltimore) (46) • SOURCE; Columbia Journalism Review

  9. State of Newspapers, 2005 • Circulation of seven newspapers with the largest circulation (>500,000 is down, 2005) • War is good business (Kosovo; Persian Gulf; and now Iraq) • However, local newspaper circulation continues to slip due to: • TV/DVD, specialty publications, Internet, price hikes • Perhaps most importantly, younger people don’t read…

  10. State of Newspaper Publishing, 2007 • Steep slide nationally: 2.1 percent drop in overall weekday circulation and 3.1 percent in Sunday sales—”falling earnings, declines in advertising and plans for continued staff cuts….” • New York Post and The Daily News, both increased circulation • Otherwise, USA Today (2.2M), WSJ (2M), NYT (1.1M); the LA Times is down 4.2 and 4.7 percent respectively—total circulation is only 815K compared to more than 1M seven years ago • SOURCE: “Newspaper Circulation,” NYT 1 May 2007, p. C10

  11. 30 September 2007 Update

  12. Questions… • Press Escape now!