Tuesday, January 09, 2018

No News is Bad News

Wikipedia's List of Defunct Newspapers of the United States includes the names of over 1,000 newspapers which are no longer in print. Many of these papers collapsed decades ago. However a large proportion of these newspapers are victims of the loss of 50% of print newspaper readers in the last 20 years.

The Colombia Journalism Review's map of America's Growing News Deserts shows the number of local newspapers left in each county in the United States. The choropleth layer on the map shows the number of daily newspapers in each county. It reveals that a lot of counties no longer have a single local newspaper in print.

The data for the map comes from 2015. The Colombia Journalism Review is currently working on updating the data for the map. It is therefore keen to hear if any local newspapers are missing from their database or if the map includes newspapers which no longer exist (contact details for the CJR can be found in the map's accompanying article).
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