The Lost Cities for Daily Newspapers

Connecticut is the third smallest of the United States. One hundred miles wide, 50 miles high, and home to 3.3 million people, its largest cities are Bridgeport (population 138,000) and Hartford (pop. 133,000). A Connecticut city of 22,931 people was lost last year. Lost, that is, for the daily newspaper industry. That’s the number of weekday newspaper circulations lost between April 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005 in Connecticut. Twenty-three thousand people might not seem like a large number in other states, but it’s a big number in Connecticut. The people of that state would be very alarmed if the […]

Free Fall for U.S. Newspapers' Circulations

There is more and more evidence that U.S. newspaper circulation has begun a possibly fatal free fall. Beginning around 1964, daily newspapers’ print circulations in the U.S. began steadily to decline at a compound rate of approximately half a percent per year. Every year, most of the newspapers’ publishers reacted as if each year’s decline was a temporary aberration, a short-term trend that would soon reverse. But by 1999 the rate of circulation declines began to accelerate. Daily newspapers began to suffer annual circulation declines of one to two percent. Circulation directors were quick to blame the free online publishing […]