Lots of numbers, most of them bad

Medill Reports presents a roundup of advertising spending for newspapers and magazines from 2009, including a couple of graphs and, as anyone who’s paying attention could tell you, it’s not a pleasant sight.

On the deep end, according to Nielsen figures, local Sunday newspaper supplements show a 45 percent drop in ad revenue. Business-to-business magazines show a 33 percent plunge, and local magazines sank 24 percent. (Sunday supplements and local magazines. This is why we have time to write this blog.)

The bright spots were a 32.2 percent jump for Spanish-language cable television and a 15 percent gain for cable television. FSI coupons were up 12 percent.

In a trend that extends to 2006 at least, overall U.S. advertising spending was down 9 percent for the year last year. In 2008, U.S. ad spending fell 2.6 percent.

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