The story of the Maine newspaper is one of its most enduring, and the Maine Press Association’s latest annual report on the Maine media industry provides an important overview of the state’s current and future.
While the industry in the state has been steadily declining in recent years, there has been an increase in print advertising, with the annual report noting that the Maine Daily News is the largest daily newspaper in Maine.
In 2016, the annual Maine Press Conference brought together state lawmakers, business leaders, and elected officials to discuss the state media market.
At the end of the conference, Gov.
Paul LePage signed legislation requiring newspapers to adopt a digital format, which will allow readers to purchase digital editions at the paper.
The press association report noted that print advertising has increased, and said that the average price for a Maine newspaper has risen by almost 20 percent since 2016.
The Maine Press Assoc.
has reported that the overall media market in the entire state of Maine is projected to grow by more than 1,000 percent over the next five years.
That increase will occur mostly in the counties that are home to large cities, but also in smaller towns and in rural areas, where fewer newspapers are available.
As the market for newspaper advertising continues to expand, the press association reports that more of the print advertising revenue will be allocated to local and regional newsrooms.
“The state of the market in Maine has been increasing over the last year, and we are confident that this will continue,” the association wrote in its report.
In addition to its overall business report, the association also released a survey of its members that asked them what they see as the most important changes to the newspaper industry in 2017.
“In the last five years, the Maine Association of Newspaper Publishers has experienced an increase of 5,500 full-time equivalent jobs,” the report noted.
“As a result, the membership is now the largest in the nation.”