Can you share some benchmarking metrics?

What is the circulation operating cost by percentage for newspapers size 20,000-25,000 in the mid-southern region? Is it 15% or higher? Or is it lower?

Posted by Glen

Here is some data from the new Publisher Benchmarks website launched by Mather Economics and the Inland Press Association that might help. 

There are a couple of ways of looking at that question.  I hope this helps!

A couple of different metrics for newspapers 0-25K circulation:

  • Circulation Expense as a % of Circulation Revenue – 16.0 percent
  • Circulation Expense as a % of Total Newspaper Expense – 18.3 percent

The concept of the new Publisher Benchmarks website is to provide high-level overviews of newspapers' key revenue, expense and profit metrics and then allow the user to dive deeper as they see opportunity or risk in the comparative data.

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