Trump-era tariffs are hitting this one industry especially hard

The Trump-era tariffs have hit one industry particularly hard: Newspapers.

It has been just over six months since the U.S. Department of Commerce levied its first tariffs on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper, resulting in a significant rise in the cost of newsprint. Since then, newspaper publishers have struggled to adapt, incorporating newspaper section limits, cutting page counts, decreasing issue frequency and laying off staff.

Small, local newspapers have been hardest-hit. The Powell Tribune is a small semi-weekly paper based in Powell, Wyoming, with a circulation of 4,000. The paper’s newsprint costs have skyrocketed over 30% since the tariffs were put into place, said the paper’s publisher, Dave Bonner.

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