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Journalism’s Voyage West

Data Visualization
Rural West Initiative, Bill Lane Center for the American West
July 4, 2011
Geoff McGhee

With American newspapers under stress from changing economics, technology and consumer behavior, it's easy to forget how ubiquitous and important they are in society. For this data visualization, we have taken the directory of US newspaper titles compiled by the Library of Congress' Chronicling America project – nearly 140,000 publications in all – and plotted them over time and space. This visualization is also viewable as a series of video animations.