Out of print: The industry will lose advertising revenue and consolidate in response

The Newspaper Publishing industry, historically the primary vehicle for American journalism, has struggled in recent years to adapt its print-focused operations to a changing media landscape. The industry, which excludes online-only publications, remains reliant on its print products for revenue and has declined rapidly as advertisers have shifted their budgets to digital platforms. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is projected to continue to decline. However, the industry will stabilize somewhat due to structural changes implemented in recent years. New business models may emerge as publishers continue to seek ways to monetize digital content...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has shed print operations in response to heightened competition from digital companies
  • Daily papers have the advantage of a newsroom staffed with well-sourced and specialized reporters
  • Newspapers with national or large regional audiences will likely begin stabilizing their advertising revenue
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    This industry is labor intensive and has a low level of capital intensity. In 2017, IBISWorld estimates industry operators will spend $0.10 on capital for every dollar spent on wages. Labor costs are relatively high in this industry because of a heavy reliance on labor at all stages, including content production, layout, sales and distribution. Some papers have much lower capital costs because they outsource printing to third parties and therefore do not invest in related equipment. Capital intensity is on the rise due to introduction of new technologies that offer print efficiencies and quality. Outsourcing or pooling of printing capacity can also reduce capital intensity...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Newspaper Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Newspaper Publishing Industry are

  • Production of premium goods/services
  • Access to niche markets
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Print advertising expenditure and External Competition for the Publishing industry in the Newspaper Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Newspaper Publishing Industry?

    The Newspaper Publishing industry produces and distributes print newspapers. Companies that solely publish online news are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Print Advertising
  • Digital Advertising
  • Subscription and newsstand sales
  • Third-party printing services
  • Third-party distribution services
  • Industry Activities
  • Publishing newspapers in print
  • Publishing newspapers in electronic form
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Print advertising expenditure
  • External Competition for the Publishing industry
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Corporate profit
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Advertising revenue
  • New models
  • Table: Newspaper Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Newspaper Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Book Stores
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Media Buying Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ink Manufacturing
  • Paper Mills
  • Printing, Paper, Food, Textile & Other Machinery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Print Advertising
  • Subscription and newsstand sales
  • Digital Advertising
  • Third-party printing services
  • Other
  • Third-party distribution services
  • Chart: Newspaper Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Shifting demand
  • Advertisement
  • Substitute media

  • Major Markets
  • Readers aged 55 or over
  • Readers aged 35 to 54
  • Readers aged 18 to 34
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Newspaper Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesMarketing, rent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Newspaper Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Newspaper Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Gannett Co. Inc., News Corp., The New York Times Company, Tronc Inc.,
  • Table: Gannett Co. Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: News Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: The New York Times Company - financial performance
  • Table: Tronc Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Newspaper Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Newspaper Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Print advertising expenditure (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • The number of copies of an average issue that a newspaper distributes.
  • Paywall
  • A feature of a website that permits paid subscribers to exclusively access certain information.
  • Syndication
  • A process by which publishers outsource news reporting and editing to third-party wire services.
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