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Bloodbath ...... For Newspaper Circulation
Editor & Publisher via Drudge ^ | nov. 7, 2005 | Editor&Publisher

Posted on 11/07/2005 8:05:57 AM PST by blogblogginaway

NEW YORK The March FAS-FAX set off landmines with reports of steep declines at many papers, most prominently some top Tribune Co. properties. The September numbers are not much more encouraging.

The Newspaper Association of America said on Monday that overall daily circulation for the six-month period ending September 2005 for 789 newspapers fell 2.6% to 45,153,192 copies. For the 627 papers analyzed, Sunday dropped 3.1% to 49,394,406.

Here are some specifics from the new FAS-FAX report -- released at 8 a.m. Monday -- compared to September 2004:

The San Francisco Chronicle's daily circ is down 16.5% to 400,906 copies, a huge drop. Sunday circulation fell 13.5% to 467,216. The Los Angeles Times is down about 3.7% Monday through Friday to 843,432 copies. On Sunday the paper reported a decrease of roughly 3.4% to 1,247,588 copies.

The Orlando Sentinel took a huge hit, with daily circulation down around 11% to 219,838. The Chicago Tribune's daily circ fell around 2.7% to 586,122 daily copies. Sunday fell 1.3% to 950,582. Circulation at The Sun in Baltimore also decreased. Daily circ is down 8.5% to 247,193 and Sunday is down 7.7% to 418,670.

The Tribune Co. expects an overall decline of 4% for daily and Sunday copies -- excluding Newsday. According to the report, Newsday numbers are "withheld pending completion of six-month audit."

At the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, daily circ is down 3.9% to 249,090. Sunday circ fell 5.2% to 278,420. The Miami Herald is down 4.3% daily, and 3.6% on Sunday. The Philadelphia Inquirer is down about 3% with daily circ at 357,679. Sunday circ is down roughly 4.5% to 714,609. The Daily News in Philadelphia dropped almost 11% to 121,093 daily copies.

Knight Ridder said overall circulation for the company decreased about 2% for daily copies and about 3.5% for Sunday copies.

The Washington Post reported a drop in daily circulation, down 4% to 678,779. Sunday decreased roughly 4% to 965,919.

USA Today's daily circ slipped a bit, by 0.5% to 2,296,335.

The Arizona Republic in Phoenix is down slightly, 0.5% to 411,043 daily copies. Sunday circ showed declines of 2.4% to 517,699.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dropped 8.7% to 362,436 daily copies. Sunday was down almost 5% to 570,126.

McClatchy breaks its 20-year winning streak this period. Daily circulation, it said, dropped around 1% while there was a "steeper decline" on Sunday.

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis lost a bit in daily, down 0.2% to 374,528. Sunday the paper took a hit, down 6% to 636,977.

The Boston Globe said its circulation plummeted this period. Daily circ dropped 7.7% and Sunday circ is down 7%. Executives said the Globe is managing down its "other-paid" circulation.

The New York Times reported tiny gains with daily up 0.4% and Sunday up 0.1%. The increases came mostly from the paper's national effort. Circulation for the New York City area declined.

The Wall Street Journal said in a conference call that it reported slight gains in online subscriptions. Overall circ for the paper dipped about 1% to 2,083,660.

The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. gained 50 daily copies, up 0.01% to 400,092.

Daily circ at the Daily News in New York dropped 3.7% to 688,584. Sunday fell slighly, 0.7% to 781,375. Meanwhile the New York Post lost daily circ, down 1.7% to 662,681. Sunday dropped 6.3% to 425,279.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: liberalmedia; mediabias; newspapers; newspspaper; schadenfreude
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1 posted on 11/07/2005 8:05:57 AM PST by blogblogginaway
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To: blogblogginaway

Wonderful news.


2 posted on 11/07/2005 8:11:17 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

The Liberals are slowly losing their monopoly...


3 posted on 11/07/2005 8:12:14 AM PST by Youngman442002
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To: blogblogginaway

Gee, does this mean when we graduate kids from high school that cannot read, that newspapers will lose sales? If so, watch out MSM, because the big hurt is still to come. I'm happy to see them lose their influence, and their ciculation. Less money=fewer liberal "journalists", which is good for all of us.


4 posted on 11/07/2005 8:12:30 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Youngman442002

Slowly? Seems like "light speed" to me.


5 posted on 11/07/2005 8:12:49 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Stuck on Genius)
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To: blogblogginaway

It will be a great day when the US Military has all the weapons and ammo it needs, and the NYT has to hold a bake sale in order to give Maureen Dowd her drinking money.


6 posted on 11/07/2005 8:13:02 AM PST by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: blogblogginaway
The print media is losing out to the instant world of news available today on your computer.
Their palpable liberal bias is another contributing factor ...
7 posted on 11/07/2005 8:13:52 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: blogblogginaway
The New York Times reported tiny gains with daily up 0.4% and Sunday up 0.1%

I find this somehow questionable!

8 posted on 11/07/2005 8:14:25 AM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: blogblogginaway

How about the NY Post? It seems the Post and the WSJ (both of which have a conservative slant) are the only newspapers gaining readers...


9 posted on 11/07/2005 8:15:34 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: RobFromGa

They'd need a mortgage to pay for that.


10 posted on 11/07/2005 8:15:41 AM PST by thoughtomator (Alito Akbar)
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To: blogblogginaway

IMHO the newspapers are paying the price for printing drivel. Pick up a newspaper, read a news article, then write down the facts that you learned. I think that you won't have many to list.

Another point is that their obvious bias is loosing readership.


11 posted on 11/07/2005 8:16:10 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: blogblogginaway

The last time I picked up a Providence Journal, the entire front page was nothing but distortions, propaganda and outright lies.

Why pay for that when its everywhere in the lamestream for free.


12 posted on 11/07/2005 8:18:28 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (Welcome to the Community. Check your Rights at the door.)
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To: JennysCool
I also....

The real question is "paid subscriptions" NOT so called "circulation" that allows them to count papers that they drop as hotels for free giveaway.
13 posted on 11/07/2005 8:19:11 AM PST by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: blogblogginaway

"The Star Tribune in Minneapolis lost a bit in daily, down 0.2% to 374,528. Sunday the paper took a hit, down 6% to 636,977."

Ahhhh! Sweets to the sweet!


14 posted on 11/07/2005 8:19:17 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (The problem with being a 'big tent' Party is that the clowns are seated with the paying customers.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Gee, too bad they insulted 50% of their readers and they went elsewhere.


15 posted on 11/07/2005 8:19:18 AM PST by McGavin999 (Reporters write the Truth, Journalists write "Stories")
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To: blogblogginaway
It's been a couple of years since I have dropped a couple of quarters in a newspaper box.

Haven't bought a Sunday paper in over a year.

16 posted on 11/07/2005 8:19:38 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: blogblogginaway

Liberals should love it, look at all the trees being saved.


17 posted on 11/07/2005 8:20:45 AM PST by Biblebelter
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To: RobFromGa

Excellent! That's the best post I've read in weeks.


18 posted on 11/07/2005 8:21:07 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (The problem with being a 'big tent' Party is that the clowns are seated with the paying customers.)
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To: VRWCTexan

When ever I stay at a motel or hotel, I ask that I not be billed for a USA Today. You might assume this rag is free but its not.


19 posted on 11/07/2005 8:21:55 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: WorkingClassFilth

glad you enjoyed it!


20 posted on 11/07/2005 8:22:33 AM PST by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
When ever I stay at a motel or hotel, I ask that I not be billed for a USA Today. You might assume this rag is free but its not.

I wish someone (like the Washington Times) would publish a fair and balanced national edition to compete with USA Today and give us business travellers a choice.

21 posted on 11/07/2005 8:24:07 AM PST by RobFromGa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran-- what are we waiting for?)
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To: RobFromGa
It will be a great day when the US Military has all the weapons and ammo it needs, and the NYT has to hold a bake sale in order to give Maureen Dowd her drinking money.

Sounds like a bumper sticker to me...

22 posted on 11/07/2005 8:25:19 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: Youngman442002

You have to be a moron not to realize that most of our countries newspapers have a twist to the left. Selling the agenda of the liberal left is a priority with them. Thank God most Americans can see through their disinformation and send them packing.


23 posted on 11/07/2005 8:25:24 AM PST by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub.)
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To: blogblogginaway
LOUD APPLAUSE!!!
24 posted on 11/07/2005 8:27:13 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ncountylee

My guess is that somehow the decline in newspaper circulation is about the same as the number of deaths of older folks in the area. Doesn't bode well for the newspaper business.


25 posted on 11/07/2005 8:29:06 AM PST by sangoo
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To: blogblogginaway

http://publications.mediapost.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.showArticleHomePage&art_aid=35690

Related recent article

IT'S OFFICIAL: 2005 WILL BE the newspaper industry's worst year since the last ad industry recession. And things aren't looking much better for next year either, according to a top Wall Street firm's report on newspaper publishing. "Sadly, 2005 is shaping up as the industry's worst year from a revenue growth perspective since the recession impacted 2001-2002 period," says the report from Goldman Sachs, adding a warning that meaningful growth in 2006 is "very unlikely.

Time to pull out the Snoopy Dance!


26 posted on 11/07/2005 8:29:40 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: VRWCTexan

Those papers are not free. The hotels have to pay for them. No newspaper can be counted in the numbers unless they are paid for. The hotels have to pay for them.


27 posted on 11/07/2005 8:30:20 AM PST by Dave W
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To: RobFromGa

You have to admire Gannett's stragegy of building a national newspaper by selling bulk copies to hotels where customers are in a hurry and need brief news summaries. I wonder what another paper could do better...


28 posted on 11/07/2005 8:34:18 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: blogblogginaway; aculeus; Coop; All
The good news,

Military Tops Public Confidence List in New Gallup Poll (June 2005)

And the good news,

The Gallup organization noted that public trust in television news and newspapers reached an all-time low this year . . .

29 posted on 11/07/2005 8:34:50 AM PST by dighton
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To: blogblogginaway

That Karl Rove is a genius! LMAOOOOOOOOO. This could not happen at a better time. Libnuts are losing control of their beloved propaganda machine and they are goin' downnnnnnnnnnnnn!

BUAHAHAHHAHA!


30 posted on 11/07/2005 8:35:30 AM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: blogblogginaway
Keep them cancellations coming.

I switched the wife to on line ads and never looked back. If the store you shop at doesn't have a web site, badger them until they get one. Works for me.
31 posted on 11/07/2005 8:40:04 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: blogblogginaway
The New York Times reported tiny gains with daily up 0.4% and Sunday up 0.1%. The increases came mostly from the paper's national effort.

Ahhh, yes...the national effort. Like the dolt from the NYT that called me at work last week to tell me about the 50% off deal they had going for subscriptions, LOL! I told her if they would knock off another 100% I might go for it, my puppy needs something with a familiar scent to crap on.

32 posted on 11/07/2005 8:40:35 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: sangoo

You can tie newspaper circulation declines directly to the inner city population's flight to the suburbs. Minneapolis & St. Paul are good examples. Ditto Des Moines Register. Once upon a time, this paper covered Iowa counties up the MN border. Now they cover 2 counties, Polk and Warren.


33 posted on 11/07/2005 8:41:39 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: BluH2o

It's true. Mostly, this is about free news available on the net. The liberal bias is a contributing factor, but not the primary reason for the decline.


34 posted on 11/07/2005 8:42:08 AM PST by Luke21 (Political correctness is the insane religion of our rulers.)
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To: Dave W
You are correct -

However my original point was more along the lines of the NYTs "gaining" circulation by getting a few more hotels to take their paper (paid or otherwise) - which in and of itself does not indicate a true measure of general reader interest.
35 posted on 11/07/2005 8:42:35 AM PST by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: Luke21

Party true.

But then how does one explain the trend that the few more "conservative" newspapers are holding or gaining readers, while the most left-leaning papers are hurt the worst?


36 posted on 11/07/2005 8:44:47 AM PST by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: HangnJudge

But, but, but... the polls say that Bush is in trouble, republicans are in disarray, Hillary is almost presidentettteee, and everybody hates us, and Err Amerika is on Series Radio, and, and, ...

Tomorrow - Jus' vote the bastRATs out into oblivion!!
Dump Corzine!


37 posted on 11/07/2005 8:45:32 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: sangoo

The question is, would their circulation improve if they published real, actual, accurate information without leaving out critical facts that change the meaning of the story.

I realize it will take a long time for some of them to regain credibility since it takes a long time to build trust and moments to lose it. However, I hate to lose them altogether....I just want to see them do their freakin jobs.

A GOOD press is necessary for a free society. They've just been lazy.


38 posted on 11/07/2005 8:48:07 AM PST by ark_girl
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To: blogblogginaway

Olds Media schadenfruede.


Olds Media forever preached how bad news sells. BWAHAHAHAHAHA.
39 posted on 11/07/2005 8:49:22 AM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Florida Today has to have taken a huge hit as well...everyone I know has cancelled that fish wrap.


40 posted on 11/07/2005 8:52:19 AM PST by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: Luke21
Mostly, this is about free news available on the net.

Amen. Even should Olds Media decide Thursday next to become paleoconservative propaganda organs Olds Media can do little, if anything, to stop their imminent demise.
41 posted on 11/07/2005 8:52:44 AM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Are these quarterly decreases or annual?


42 posted on 11/07/2005 8:54:06 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: blogblogginaway
Sunday dropped 3.1% to 49,394,406.

If its like the Hartford Courant, the drop may actually be larger. The courant has started to issue a sunday paper on saturday, calling it an early addition. This will mask circulation figures.

Also the Courant offers a package deal for one weekly paper free along with reduced sunday paper.

43 posted on 11/07/2005 8:56:19 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: blogblogginaway

Gosh, I'm all choked up with sorrow for these rags.


44 posted on 11/07/2005 8:57:21 AM PST by Fruitbat
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To: RobFromGa

The USA today is far right compared to our Hartford Courant.


45 posted on 11/07/2005 8:58:13 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: blogblogginaway
The Star Tribune in Minneapolis lost a bit in daily, down 0.2% to 374,528. Sunday the paper took a hit, down 6% to 636,977.

Are these numbers before or after cooking? Strib was in trouble this summer for falsifying circulation numbers.
46 posted on 11/07/2005 9:01:05 AM PST by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: blogblogginaway
Where did all the readers all go?

1) to New Media

2) to the Daily Show/Air America

3) quite literally- they died. Pure demographics.

While numbers 1 and 2 are in direct competition, we at FR may take comfort that #2 relies on MTV / R&B / and gangster rap culture to attract its audience.

Ie., our political adversaries are going nowhere in life.

47 posted on 11/07/2005 9:03:23 AM PST by SteveMcKing ("I was born a Democrat. I expect I'll be a Democrat the day I leave this earth." -Zell Miller '04)
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To: Dave W

So do the schools, probably, too. I saw a PILE of local news rags once at a Middle School in our community....looked like one for every teacher.


48 posted on 11/07/2005 9:07:58 AM PST by goodnesswins (DEMS....40 yrs and $$$dollars for the War on Poverty, but NOT a $$ or minute for the WAR on Terror!)
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To: Spruce

Yes, but they conducted their own investigation and found themselves not guilty.


49 posted on 11/07/2005 9:09:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Milhous
Just got a call from the NY Slimes wanting to sell me their "National" edition.

I asked him why I would want to buy propaganda? He went into a spiel about all the awards they got etc. etc. I said two word's Jayson Blair. He gave the 800# so fast, I couldn't understand the numbers, then hung up.

It was fun...

50 posted on 11/07/2005 9:22:24 AM PST by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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