A recent study found that the number of weekly newspapers became more rural between 1997 and 2009, but more are now under group ownership.

The results of the study were announced last week at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in Chicago.

The share of weeklies that were group owned increased by about half, to 62 percent, the report said. Weeklies have adapted to a digital presence, the report said, but a more-rapid increase in connectivity began after the research period closed in 2009.

"Roughly two-thirds of weeklies had websites in 2009, but only about 6 percent allowed visitors to directly upload articles, and about 6 percent had paywalls, the latest study found."

Via The Rural Blog

Elsewhere: "The Transformational Newspaper -- The Status of Newspapers in 2010-2011," from WhoNeedsNewspapers.org

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