ALBANY - Regardless of the hearsay circulating about their demise, newspapers are proliferating in New York State, according to an authoritative study announced this week.
The New York Press Association announced that a recent study has determined that there are 140 more newspapers now being published in New York State than were printed only 10 years ago.
Most of the growth occurred in the community and ethnic newspaper categories, indicating that the state's appetite for local news and accurate, fact-checked reporting is increasing, according to the Press Association, which mainly represents non-daily newspapers in the state.
"Contrary to popular myth, the New York newspaper industry is growing stronger each year, especially at the local level," said NYPA Executive Director Michelle Rea. "Evolving technologies and a stubborn recession have affected business profitability across the board, but they have not diminished the basic need for accurate information about the communities in which we all live."
NYPA's research shows that as of January, a total of 727 weekly community newspapers, including 129 culturally specific newspapers, with a total distribution of 11.6 million, were being published in New York State. As of January, there were 55 daily newspapers being published in New York State with a combined distribution of 5 million.
NYPA estimates that the 727 New York community newspapers alone generate between $850 million and $1 billion in annual revenues to the state, employ more than 10,000 New Yorkers, generate more than $500 million in payroll dollars, provide health insurance for thousands of families, and support local businesses, Rea said.
"There is a reason 140 more newspapers are published in New York today than 10 years ago - the unique local content gathered by news professionals," Rea continued. "The information industry may be quickly evolving, but reliable news reporting will never be replaced. "
Established in 1853, the New York Press Association is the trade association representing more than 750 community newspapers in New York State.