The cover of the New York Post newspaper is seen with other papers at a newsstand in New York U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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U.S. newspapers have taken a hit from a shift to digital news and a sharp loss of advertising, but a round of tariffs on Canadian newsprint is pushing some publications to the brink. The Commerce Department earlier this year slapped preliminary tariffs of up to 30 percent on newsprint from Canada – the largest source for U.S. newspapers – in response to a complaint from Washington state-based North Pacific Paper Co.Tariffs have heightened the economic woes for the U.S. industry, notably for small dailies and weeklies facing the prospect of belt-tightening that may including cutting back print editions or slashing staff.Andrew Johnson, publisher of three Wisconsin weeklies and president of the National Newspaper Association of 2,300 local community newspapers, said the tariffs are imperiling many news organizations.Abernathy said that since 2004, around 60 dailies and more than 1,800 weeklies have shut down in the U.S., creating "news deserts" with a dearth of local coverage.
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