As Papers Struggle, News Is Cut and the Focus Turns Local

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Richard Perez-Pena

07/21/2008 - Almost two-thirds of American newspapers publish less foreign news than they did just three years ago, nearly as many print less national news, and despite new demands on newsrooms like blogs and video, most of them have smaller news staffs, according to a new study.

The study, by the Pew Research Center and Tyler Marshall, a former foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, is based on a written survey of the top editors at 259 newspapers of all sizes and interviews with a sampling of those editors.

The findings come as no surprise to anyone following the travails of the newspaper industry, racked every few days by new reports of layoffs, falling revenue, credit downgrades, shrinking page counts and declining circulation. But the Pew study appears to be the broadest attempt yet to measure how widespread the changes have been.

Read the full article Papers Struggle, News Is Cut and the Focus Turns Local on the New York Times ' Web site.

Read the study The Changing Newsroom on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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