As I was patrolling the internet, looking for something interesting to write this post on , I ran across the Pew Research Center‘s Project for Excellence in Journalism‘s Annual report on the state of news media. What I read was shocking! Well, maybe not shocking, but pretty darn interesting.
If you were to ask the average American how print newspapers are doing, they would probably say not good. After all, that is what we have seen over and over in American newspapers. Layoffs, closures, decreased readership-these are all common. Right? WRONG!
While revenue of newspapers may be down in America (a change of -25% from 2008-2009), that is not the case across the world, In India, for instance, newspapers grew 13.1%. On the continent of Africa, the paid newspaper circulation is up 4.8%! In Countries such as Oman and Afghanistan, the number of newspaper titles increased dramatically-14.3-12.5%.
What is happening? There are a few theories from the experts:
In India, the literacy rate has continued to grow. Reading a newspaper is seen as a sign of wisdom and status within the community, much like it was to immigrants in 19th century America. In places such as Africa, there aren’t as many other channels readily available to distribute news. In the Middle East, great political change and strife, as well as government subsides, are keeping print media alive and kicking!
Bottom line: Newspaper circulation is down, but not consistently . There was a global change of -.8% , much smaller than the Us’s -10.6%. Don’t believe everything you hear in the news. While print media may be going out of style in America, it will be around and useful for years to come (but you might have to read it in a different language!)
All of my statistics came from this report : http://stateofthemedia.org/2011/mobile-survey/international-newspaper-economics/
check it out-it is very interesting.