The Decline of the Newspaper

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In 1760, The Boston News-Letter was the first newspaper to be continuously published in the United States. A 250-year legacy of printed news could not have lasted if it newspapers didn't not have it uses. Aside from the entertainment value, newspapers exist for the main purpose of bringing news of international, national, and local news to the doorsteps of the people. Without such frequent and stable form of communication, it would be difficult for any nation to call itself a free democracy. Today however, it cannot be expected that newsprint will last forever. Statistical data firmly suggests newspapers around the world are falling both in number and circulation. The past several years have been difficult for newspapers as other news…show more content…
There could be no national forum where issues are discussed because people would not know what there is to discuss in the first place. As Arthur Miller ones said: "A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself." Our United States would no longer be united but instead fragmented into "nations" talking only as far as word of mouth could reach. Lack of a national medium of information is an obvious problem in any democracy. Today, Newspapers are at the lowest circulation in seven decades. Numbers do not lie, newspapers are in decline. According to a The Washington Post article from October of 2009, "The Accelerating Decline of Newspapers", only 13 percent of Americans today buy one of 1400 daily papers. In 1940 that number was 31 percent Newspapers' annual losses of paid daily subscriptions are at record lows all across the board. From the same article of the Washington Post: New York Times reported seven percent loss, Los Angeles Times reported 11 percent, Washington Post 6 percent, San Francisco Chronicles 26 percent, Dallas Morning News and Newark Star Ledger both report 22 percent losses. Of the 25 top newspapers in the United States, only the Wall Street Journal did not report a decline in circulation. The Wall Street Journal only managed a 0.6 percent gain. Furthermore, the rate of decline in print circulation at the nation's newspapers has accelerated. Between 2008 and 2009 there was a seven percent drop. Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst at

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