Nine New Jersey-based Gannett daily newspapers experienced double-digit drops in circulation since 2017, with more than half of them below the national average, according to data filed with the Alliance for Audited Media and reported by the Boston Business Journal.
Of the nineteen weekly newspapers owned by Gannett, just two have experienced losses in circulation of less than 10%.
The biggest circulation drop is at The (Bergen) Record, where subscriptions have dropped from 76,402 to 47,258 over the last two years. That reflects a 38.1% decrease.
The Record had daily circulation of 136,074 and 171,744 on Sundays at the end of 2015, one year before the Borg family sold the newspaper to Gannett.
The Courier Post has dropped 38%, followed by circulation decreased by the Burlington County Times (35.1%), Home News Tribune (34.2%), Asbury Park Press (32.9%), Herald News (31.7%), Daily Journal (25.9%), Daily Record (24.9%), Courier-News (24%).
Suburban Trends, the flagship Wednesday and Sunday local newspaper, has watched its circulation plummet by 60%.
Weekly newspapers are getting killed as well.
The Montclair Times is down 39.3% and The Item of Millburn and Short Hills has dropped 30.7%. The Nutley Sun, the bible of New Jersey’s quintessential swing town before Frank Orechio sold it to the Borg newspapers, is down 35%.
Those trends continue for the Essex County-based Glen Ridge Voice (42.1%), Verona-Cedar Grove Times (40.1%), Bloomfield Life (37.7%), Belleville Times (36.5%). In Monmouth, The (Neptune) Beacon is down 19% and the Beach Haven Times has dropped 14.6%.
Gannett was sold earlier this month to GateHouse Media and is expected to face about $300 million in budget cuts in it’s massive chain of 260 newspapers.
A Pew Research Foundation study earlier this year found that U.S. print newspapers subscriptions are dropping by an average of 12% annually.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story did not properly credit the Boston Business Journal. We apologize for this error.
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