Gary Meo, Scarborough Research's Senior Vice President of Print and Digital Media Services, notes that "While our data does show that print newspaper readership is slowly declining... given the fragmentation of media choices, printed newspapers are holding onto their audiences relatively well... "
The analysis of Scarborough audience data not only indicated that newspapers are being read by a majority of adults in print and online, but also that these Integrated Newspaper Audiences continue to attract educated, affluent readers. In an average week:
Integrated Newspaper Audience is the percentage of adults in the market who have read the printed newspaper over 5 week days or on Sunday, or visited the newspaper's website(s), or did both during the past seven days.
"Printed newspapers have continued the tradition (as trusted sources of news and information) by successfully extending their brands into the digital space," said Mr. Meo... "(the recent study) is noteworthy in the wake of... reported significant declines in weekday and Sunday printed newspaper circulation... (as) circulation and audience do not always march in lockstep as they are two different measurements."
Audience, which is measured by Scarborough and accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC), refers to the percentage or number of adults who actually read the newspaper. Circulation, which is audited and reported by the ABC, refers to the number of printed newspaper copies sold.
John F. Sturm, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, concludes that "For media buyers, analysts and others who evaluate the health of newspapers and the value of (the) medium's advertising, audience is a far more meaningful way to measure newspapers' ability to attract a growing audience across multiple platforms... (and) this data... also provides further evidence that newspapers reach a highly educated, affluent audience."
For more information from Scarborough about this study, please go here.