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If newspaper reading is down . . .

I commend to your reading this article:
Average age of newspaper readers: 55
by Eric Black of the (Twin Cities) Star Tribune
It was published on October 11, 2005

“Newspaper readership is down. Fewer young people are picking them up, and the average age of a newspaper reader is now 55, according to a Carnegie Corporation study. Many papers have been losing circulation at alarming rates across all age groups.”
Indeed most newspaper readership is down – a lot.
This doesn’t mean reading is down. It also doesn’t mean that people are reading news less. It just means that shift is happening.
It’s not just the web. I read somewhere that Jon Stewart’s Daily Show is on of the primary sources of news for younger folks. And you have to recognize that you can’t comprehend fake news or satire unless you know a fair bit about the news in the first place.
I wonder what this means for libraries and our news collections (fax, paper, microforms, online, web, repositories, etc.)? And what is the balance between current news and its new containers and our mandates to collect and protect history’s first draft (pictures and all)?

Posted on: November 11, 2005, 3:27 pm Category: Uncategorized

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