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Decreasing Newspaper Readership Newspapers are nothing without subscribers: no debate here. "They're the reason we produce the paper in the first place," Noah Bombard, editor of The Beacon at Acton, stated. Many newspapers across the nation have experienced annual reductions in readership and circulation numbers for a long time. These declines have added up inducing newspaper editors to stress. "We've lost 5,000 subscribers in the last ten years. That is not uncommon," James H. Smith, executive editor, The Record-Journal at Meriden, Conn., said. Ten years ago, that the Record-Journal's readers lacked 30,000; today the paper has 25,000, Smith stated. The good thing does not seem to be ending for papers. Research conducted in the region of readership is just echoing what newspapers have understood all along: papers are losing subscribers. "National paper circulation peaked in the 1970s," David Solomon, editor of The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H, stated. Research conducted of American papers now show that readership is traveling down a continuously steady downward spiral. According to the current "The State of the News Media 2005" report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism: ```Newspaper circulation is in decline,' the inaugural version of the report declared annually agoit's apparent that things are far worse than people thought." The problem is papers can not afford to lose visitors as they're nothing without their readers. "Without subscribers, a newspaper would have no value, no audience, no intention," Solomon said. When newspapers shed readers they also lose advertising. Without advertising, newspapers shed their best source of income and papers don't have any means of paying the high prices of production. And without a merchandise newspapers are not...