One development, one decision, one statement today on the state of the American newspaper.
The Audit Bureau of Circulation released data on U.S. dailies that shows a decline of 3.6 per cent in the six months ending March over a year earlier. Some of the dailies fared well --- Wall Street Journal and USA Today registered gains --- while some metropolitan papers (Dallas Morning News, for instance) had some palpable declines.
The Capital Times, the Madison (Wisconsin) daily, has shuttered its print edition and is simply going digital going forward. It had been placing increased emphasis on its online edition for some time, and now is making the move.
And Advertising Age has opted to cull the downers into one regular feature it will call The Newspaper Death Watch. The first instalment ran this week.