Newspaper circulations continue to fall

It’s bleak in the newspaper world, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times:

Weekday circulation at 770 newspapers nationwide equaled 43.7 million a day in the six months ended Sept. 30, down 2.8% from the same period last year, according to the Newspaper Assn. of America. Sunday circulation for 619 newspapers declined 3.4% to 47.6 million. The figures came from data collected by Audit Bureau of Circulations, an independent organization.

Can you believe that circulation was once 65 million? That was back in the mid-80s. Some circulation drops were quite dramatic. Clicking around, I saw 8 percent decline at the LA Times, 1.7 percent at the Chicago Tribune, 5% down at Newsday, 5.4% at the SF Chronicle, 9.4 percent at the SJ Mercury News, 3.3% decline at the Washington Post, 1.3% for USA Today, 1.9% at the WSJ, and 3.5% down at the NY Times. But online versions of newspapers are actually doing quite well.

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