The latest figures from the Alliance for Audited Media show newspapers in the Kansas City area – I use “area” loosely – I’m looking at papers extending as far west as Wichita and as far east as Springfield – continue to decline. The AAM reports include print circulation, as well as digital replica and non-replica edition subscriptions.
The last reporting period was in May. This reporting period covers May through September.
The Kansas City Star’s Sunday circulation dipped to 254,111 from May’s 280,790, a nearly 10-percent drop. A year ago it was 275,784. It’s average weekday circulation is 169,936, down from 183,283, a loss of 7 percent.
The Lawrence Journal-World’s Sunday circulation dropped to 26,407, down from 27,624, a 4-percent drop. It’s average weekday circulation is 21,711, down from 25,706, a startling 14-percent loss.
The St. Joseph News-Press’s Sunday circ dropped to 26,748 from 27,482, a 3-percent loss. On weekdays, it’s 23,551, down from 24,606, a loss of 4 percent.
The Springfield News-Leader’s gained Sunday readers, coming in at 51,4012, up from 50,751. On weekdays, however, circulation dropped to 32,363, down from 33,546.
The Wichita Eagle’s Sunday circulation is 82,291, down from 88,927, a 7-percent dip. On weekdays: 58,736, down from 64,656, a loss of 9 percent.
The Topeka Capital-Journal did not report its latest circulation figures. It suffered huge losses last period, losing 22 percent of readers on Sundays (47,596 to 36,940), and 23 percent on weekdays. 40,435 to 30,845.
The Joplin Globe also did not report its circulation.