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Colonial Williamsburg Journal

Title Rise & Decline of American Newspapers: How Classified Ads Rode the Arc of Print Journalism
Issue Volume 36, Number 04, (CWJ, Autumn 2014)
Description Classified ads were the financial underpinning of colonial newspapers such as the Virginia Gazette but today's online services such as eBay, craigslist, etc. have stripped billions in revenue from the nation's newspapers. Newspapers flourished in the early 1900's despite the expansion of magazines and the introduction of new media--radio, films and TV but plateaued from 1969 to the 1980's. By 1990 the rise of the internet hastened the shrinkage of newspapers and in-depth reporting.
Author O'Donovan, Bill
Pages 62-69