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Founded on January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News is the oldest college newspaper in the United States. Former student editors and writers have gone on to serve in important roles in journalism, government, and public life, including William F. Buckley, John Hersey, Samantha Power, Sargent Shriver, and Jacob Weisberg. The Yale Daily News Historical Archive contains digitized copies of the newspaper dating back to its founding in 1878.
While newspaper digital audiences continue to decline, the industry remains financially fragile. In 2022, total estimated circulation revenue for the top 50 U.S. daily newspapers was $9.8 billion, a slight drop from the prior year. Those estimates are based on the Center’s analysis of financial statements from publicly traded newspaper companies, which in 2022 numbered four and included large national and midsize metro dailies as well as local papers.
Estimated print and online combined weekday and Sunday newspaper circulation in the United States was 20.9 million in 2022, down 8% and 10% respectively from the previous year. This is a continuation of a decades-long decline that began in the mid-2000s and is tied to the rise of the internet, which gave consumers more choices about where and how they got their news.
In an attempt to maintain or increase their audiences, many traditional newspapers have turned to new platforms to deliver content, such as video and social media. However, these efforts are often underfunded and have not been proven to be successful in generating revenue for the industry. As the demand for news continues to decrease, many communities are losing their local newspapers. Fortunately, citizens have taken matters into their own hands to fill the gap. These citizen journalists are embracing their role as gatekeepers to information in their communities and are working to make sure that the vital stories they need get told.
The obituary of local news does not have to read all bad: Using a case study in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Conte exposes the weaknesses of both traditional top-down journalism and the ‘citizen gatekeepers’ who have since filled the void. Ultimately, he argues that the solution resides in citizens truly understanding the value of their local news.
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