Despite all the talk about major national newspapers experiencing a renaissance under President Trump, the industry writ large “faced ongoing challenges in 2016.”

That, anyhow, is the clinical language of the Pew Research Center, which has released a new fact sheet on key newspaper indicators. Or, better said, a new fact sheet with an old message. Have a look at some of the key charts for yourself.

That’s a grim trajectory, though the Pew report takes note of methodological difficulties in counting digital circulation that exaggerate the picture a bit.

Perhaps that explains why the Erik Wemple Blog can fold up our beloved Washington City Paper and stuff it in a pocket these days.

Those lines explain why so many publishers over the past decade have spoken about their plans to churn out an improved product with fewer people. Which brings us to this cliff: