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The Boston Globe; Future of the Daily Newspaper

Founded in 1872, The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston and in New England, United States. In 2008 the Globe's average weekday circulation fell to 350,605, down from 382,503, or 8.3 percent. Sunday circulation fell 6.5 percent to 525,959.


The decline in circulation of the Globe mirrors the decline throughout the United States and the world with a few exceptions, such as India and China, where slight rises have been noted.


In addition to drops in circulation at the New York Times and Washington Post, circulation of such industry leaders as the Houston Chronicle, the Star-Ledger of Newark (New Jersey), the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Orange County Register and the Detroit News fell 10 percent or more. Many more newspapers are losing readership.


The rise of the Internet (The Christian Science Monitor is going to be an internet-only journal, for example) explains part of the problem for hard-copy newspapers. Tough economic conditions are also blamed, as well as a decline in analytical reading overall. Magazines are also losing readership.


According to my source at Globe, they are laying off people and cutting back on their costs (such as closing down business in two of their three buildings). The source tells me that it is like a "Skeleton Crew" working now at the Globe offices...many of whom are employed to deal with technology and the internet.





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Taken on February 16, 2009