Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

£1 (about $1.60), the new daily fee to access to The Times of London and The Sunday Times websites

66 percent drop in visits to the Times’s sites in the weeks after it introduced the paywall

14 percent of national print, broadcast, and Web coverage devoted to fired black USDA worker Shirley Sherrod during the week of July 19-25

26 percent of national print, broadcast, and Web coverage given to Don Imus’s “nappy-headed hos” slur on the mostly black Rutger’s women’s basketball team during the week of April 8-13, 2007

219 minutes spent discussing the dismissed case against the New Black Panther Party on Fox News’s America Live between June 30-July 16

27.2 percent drop in print and Web advertising revenue for newspapers in 2009

332 (average) percent rise in the price of publicly held newspaper shares over the first six months of 2010

7 Honduran broadcast journalists shot to death between March 1 and the middle of June

400 requests from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to the Honduran government for special protection for journalists and activists this year and last; the government ignored most of the requests

Sources: MediaMatters, New American Media, Reflections of a Newsosaur, Committee to Protect Journalists, The Guardian, Editor & Publisher, Newspaper Association of America

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The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.