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The outlook for newspapers was bleak at the end of the decade. In 2018, weekday circulation reached 28.6 million, while Sunday circulation totaled 30.8 million, according to the Pew Research Center. These reflected declines of 8 percent and 9 percent from 2017, respectively. Circulation of printed newspapers experienced more significant declines (12 percent and 13 percent, respectively). "Newspapers are a critical part of the American news landscape, but they have been hit hard as more and more Americans consume news digitally," the organization explained. "The industry's financial fortunes and subscriber base have been in decline since the mid-2000s, and website audience traffic, after some years of growth, has leveled off."

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