Newspaper, magazine closures slow down, according to Vocus

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Lanham, Md.—An estimated 44 newspapers closed in the first quarter of this year, compared with about 100 in the year-earlier period, according to the Vocus Media Research Database.

Vocus is a public relations software company, and the numbers were published Tuesday in a blog on the company’s Web site. The blog post also said about 45 print and 11 online magazines were launched in the first quarter of this year. Twenty-eight magazines folded, and 11 magazines made the switch to online-only.

“Compared to last year’s dismal numbers, 2010 starts off hopeful as the media continue to innovate and evolve with the times,” Katrina M. Mendolera, editor in chief of inVocus, wrote in the blog.

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