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Watch live: On 200th anniversary of Cleveland’s first newspaper, City Club looks at industry’s decline

July 31, 2018

Watch live: On 200th anniversary of Cleveland’s first newspaper, City Club looks at industry’s decline

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Newspapers have a long tradition of chronicling the events in their communities, keeping readers informed and entertained while also serving as a government watchdog. 

But the newspapers of the 21st century face challenges like never before. With the growth of digital media and declines in readership and revenues, the newspaper industry is struggling to adjust. 

Last week, the New York Daily News laid off half its staff, including its editor in chief. Employment in the industry nationally has shrunk by more than half since the beginning of this century, from more than 420,000 people to less than 185,000 in mid-2016, The Washington Post reported, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Against that backdrop, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik will discuss the changing industry and its implications for journalism, free speech, an educated public and democracy. 

Folkenflik will appear Tuesday at The City Club of Cleveland for a discussion entitled “In Print and In Decline: A Crisis for Democracy?” His appearance coincides with the 200th anniversary of publication of Cleveland’s first newspaper,  The Cleveland Gazette and Commercial Register.

Cleveland.com will stream his presentation live, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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