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Saving Community Newspapers in the Age of Facebook

Op/Ed By Denise Rolark-Barnes, Chairperson, NNPA, and Benjamin F. Chavis President/CEO, NNPA

 

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By Denise Rolark-Barnes, Chairperson, NNPA

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Benjamin F. Chavis President/CEO, NNPA

Hundreds of newspapers have disappeared in the last 15 years and readership is on the decline. No newspaper is immune from the migration of readership to online platforms, dwindling ad revenues, fragmented audiences and even reduced attention spans.

Even national-recognized newspapers with celebrated histories like “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post” have retrenched in the face of these mounting economic pressures. Many regional and community newspapers – including some members of the historic Black Press – are barely hanging on.

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