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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser

Despite the uptick in news consumption in America, largely thanks to the Trump bump, the newspaper industry's survival remains in jeopardy, according to the Pew Research Center's newly-released newspaper fact sheet for 2017.

The big picture: The future for newspapers remains bleak. Though web traffic has grown for many news outlets, the industry's subscriber-based audience has steadily declined since the 2000s, per the report. Meanwhile newspapers, which have failed at finding fresh ways to compete with digital products, are using antiquated business models that show no signs of improving their readership.

By the numbers:

  • Newspaper advertising revenue was $16.5 billion in 2017, down 10% from 2016.
  • The estimated total U.S. daily newspaper circulation (print and digital) in 2017 was 31 million for weekdays and 34 million for Sunday, down 11% and 10% respectively in 2016.
  • About 39,000 people worked as reporters, editors, photographers or video editors in 2017, per the Bureau of Labor Statistic’ Occupational Employment Statistics. That’s down 15% from 2014 and 45% from 2004.

Be smart: Newspaper ads for digital are on the rise, and accounted for almost a third of ad revenue in 2017. That’s only up 3% from 2016, but it’s a number that stayed out of the red.

Take note: Many daily newspapers do not get enough web traffic to be recorded by comScore, the data source used by Pew, so the figures in the report are more reflective of the top 50 U.S. newspapers based on circulation.

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Biden gets mixed grades on revolving door

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Biden is getting mixed marks for his reliance on industry insiders to staff his administration during its first 100 days.

Why it matters: Progressives have leaned on the new president to limit the revolving door between industry and government. A new report from the Revolving Door Project praises him on that front but highlights key hires it deems ethically questionable.

Exclusive: Sen. Coons sees new era of bipartisanship on China

Sen. Chris Coons. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 insurrection was a "shock to the system," propelling members of Congress toward the goal of shoring up America's ability to compete with China, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told Axios during an interview Thursday.

Why it matters: Competition between China's authoritarian model and the West's liberal democratic one is likely to define the 21st century. A bipartisan response would help the U.S. present a united front.

By the numbers: States weighing voting changes

Data: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law; Cartogram: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Georgia is not alone in passing a law adding voting restrictions, but other states are seeing a surge in provisions and proposals that would expand access to the polls, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Driving the news: Just Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have been released from prison.

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