Documenting the smallest dip in U.S. daily newspaper circulation in a dozen years, the new 2002 Editor & Publisher International Year Book reports daily circulation dropped 194,801 to 55,578,046 last year from 55,772,847 the year before.
The 82nd edition of the Year Book, published in three parts, also reports that the number of daily papers has hit a record low, 1,468 versus 1,480 a year earlier, and that the number of Sunday papers has retreated from its record high, 917, to 913. The loss of daily papers can be attributed to mergers and conversions to non-daily publishing schedules, not outright closures.
Complementing these facts about newspapers — dailies and weeklies, domestic and foreign — in the Year Book are hundreds of thousands of others. The 1,500-plus pages include information on shoppers, specialty and niche publications, newspaper chains, syndicated services, industry associations, and equipment and service vendors to the industry. The profiles of daily newspapers in the U.S. detail address, Web site, top personnel, local population figures, circulation, subscription rates, advertising rates, special sections, and mechanical specifications.
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