National Newspaper Week
Picking up the morning paper has been a long standing tradition. For generations people have read the paper at breakfast, on their morning commute (as long as they weren’t driving) or during their coffee break at work. However this years National Newspaper Week comes amidst great changes in the newspaper industry starting with the very word “paper”.
Although there are no definitive numbers nationwide it is apparent that more and more newspaper readers are turning to online or “e-editions” and away from print. This includes the venerable New York Times.
The New York Times’ daily digital circulation now exceeds its daily print circulation. Daily digital circulation exceeded daily print circulation by roughly 27,000 readers.
A Pew Research study found that for a six-year period ending in 2009 newspaper circulation declined by over 10% and while there are no current figures it can be safely assumed that the erosion of print editions has continued. Still, there is something about holding a newspaper in my hands and turning the pages that is more comfortable to me than staring at a computer screen and clicking for the next page.