Newspapers are typically printed daily or weekly. On average, a newspaper in the United States consists of 60% advertising, and 40% editorial content. The most significant function of the newspaper is surveillance, or to inform the public of important events occurring. Newspapers have served the community for generations, but are bounded by geographic, political, cultural, and economic borders. They tend to provide coverage or information to local communities by monitoring local government, law enforcement, business, religion, education, the arts, and other area institutions. In addition, they serve as a legal record of public communications in their communities, running obituaries and various legal announcements. Despite the service to local communities, newspapers are also beneficial to the economic infrastructure of a community. They carry extensive advertising for local products, services, and businesses with local interests and markets. Also, newspapers maintain an active community. Articles encourage citizens to participate in certain events or organizations, and persuade them to try new products or services being displayed by local businesses. Local sports promote involvement in area teams and, in theory, benefit the economy through activity within the community. About two-thirds, or 65% of the cost of producing a newspaper goes into printing and distribution. Only a third; or 35% goes into the creation of the news, or reporter’s salaries. That said, the newspaper does serve the people, and not the producers. There is profit in the production of newspapers; however, the general function or purpose is surveillance: or, to inform the public of important events taking place. In conclusion, the newspaper’s general function is to serve the community. The local economy is dependent upon an active community. Without a newspaper, citizens remained uninformed and inactive to the events and services available to them. No activity within a community produces a “dead” local economy; which, create lingering symptoms of an unhealthy community.