Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Rex A. Martin
According to the Newspaper Association of America, a weekly newspaper is one published less than four times a week. Most are based in smaller communities and tend to have lower circulations than daily newspapers. They often serve two or more small towns or even an entire county. In 2006, there were just under 8,000 such newspapers published in the United States, with a total circulation exceeding 50 million. These figures do not include alternative weeklies and weekly free shoppers aimed at specific audiences. In the English-speaking world, the first newspapers were produced only when some noteworthy event occurred. As printing became more economical and public literacy increased, a burgeoning interest in world affairs created a market for regular news reports. The first periodically published newspaper was the Weekly Newes in 1622, and it set the precedent for weekly news production (the first daily newspaper, the Daily Courant of London, Boston ...