Small and rural localities account for over half of the remaining 7,112 in the country (1,283 daily and 5,829 weekly). The great majority—approximately 5,500--have a circulation of fewer than 15,000 copies. Print readers are vanishing at a quicker rate than print publications, and the trend looks to be increasing. In 1967, there were 1 million daily and weekly newspapers in the United States. Now there are less than 500,000.
According to the Paper Industry Association, newspaper publishers across the nation suffered loss of revenue of $140 million in 2010 as a result of the ongoing decline in paper consumption. That number is expected to increase as more papers go digital-only.
Newspapers are published daily or weekly on inkjet printers or laser printers. They are distributed through newsstands, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, door-to-door salespeople, and other places where people can get information about events in their community. Or they can be delivered directly to homes via the Internet or by mail.
In addition to printed newspapers, magazines, and journals, newspapers also produce a variety of products including books, guides, directories, and souvenirs. These products often include items that used to appear in the newspaper itself such as live news reports, photos, and ads. Many newspapers also have online versions that allow users to read new articles and videos as well as view old material from years past.
Only a few remain in business.
According to the Newspaper Association of America, an estimated 14,000 newspapers were being printed in the United States and Canada in 2007. That's less than one-third of the number published in 1986. Worldwide, there are about 6,000 daily newspapers printed in 13 languages other than English.
So, on average, around 14,000 newspapers are printed each day worldwide. This comes to about 70 papers per minute, or one every 2 seconds.
The estimate for U.S. newspapers is based on surveys of paper manufacturers, who supply most of the content for weekly and monthly magazines as well as for daily newspapers. Surveys by the National Endowment for the Arts show that only 5% of Americans say they read no newspapers at all. Another 20% read only one daily newspaper, and another 75% read two or more daily newspapers. So almost 95% of Americans read some kind of newspaper online or in print.
There are several different types of newspapers.
According to the most recent quarterly figures from the Alliance for Audited Media, the Post-Gazette has a daily print circulation of roughly 80,000 and a Sunday print circulation of about 118,000. The newspaper's website reports more than 1 million visits each month.
The circulation figure is based on the number of copies that are distributed daily and on Sundays. It includes copies that are delivered to businesses as well as copies that are mailed to individual homes. Newspaper accounts report that the Post-Gazette has been losing readers but that its subscription base has increased so that it ranks third among local newspapers in size. The paper was purchased by Jim Knox and John Davidson, who also own the Nashville Tennessean. They plan to keep both papers separate despite their similarities.
When it was first published in 1786, the Pittsburgh Gazette was one of the first newspapers in Pennsylvania. For many years it was owned by Symmes Jones, one of the founders of Pittsburgh. In 1835, William R. Masters took over the paper and changed its name to the Western Mail. Under his leadership, the paper became very successful, not only because of its quality journalism but also due to its extensive advertising revenue. In 1872, after twenty-one years of ownership, Masters sold the paper to Almon Stair Sr., who in turn sold it six years later to Hugh B. Cox.