Mapping Journalism’s Journey West

We've just published a data visualization of three centuries of American newspapers on the Center's Rural West Initiative site. Showing how newspapers followed the great expansion West in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the visualization uses over a hundred thousand listings of US newspapers culled from the Library of Congress' database.

The map was co-produced with the Center's Research Assistants Dan Chang, Yuankai Ge, Yinfeng Qin and Jason Wang, and 2009-2010 Knight Journalism Fellow Krissy Clark, now at KQED public media. Thanks for all your help!

A version of the visualization is also available on High Country News, along with a news article by the Center about the resilience of rural newspapers.



Thanks so very much for

Thanks so very much for publishing this.

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