Over 360 Newspapers Have Closed Since Just Before the Start of the Pandemic

From a New York Times story by Isabella Simonetti headlined “Over 360 newspapers have closed since just before the start of the pandemic:

The pandemic has been bad for the country’s local newspapers. But maybe not as bad as some people have feared.

Over 360 newspapers in the United States have gone out of business since just before the start of the pandemic, according the Northwestern University’s journalism school.

That same pace — about two closures per week — was occurring before the pandemic. Many newspaper analysts had thought that the economic conditions created by the coronavirus, especially a decline in advertising, would cause the rate to increase considerably.