The United States has probably the biggest market of newspapers in the world. According to statista.com, the country had 1,279 daily newspapers in publication in 2018. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today are some of the biggest newspapers publishing currently in the US.
The origin of American newspapers roots back to the 18th century. Besides the most prominent national newspapers, the US is served by numerous local, city and state based newspapers. The New York Times and The Washington Post act as the “newspaper of record”.
Top Circulated Papers
According to Cision, USA Today was the highest circulated newspaper in the US in 2019. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times were among other highly circulated national newspapers in the same list. Some of the state-based newspapers in the top 10 circulated US newspapers include New York Post, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and The Boston Globe.
The New Hampshire Gazette is the longest-running newspaper of the US. It was first published in 1756. However, 1764-established Hartford Courant is the oldest surviving newspaper of the US.
Gannett Company, which owns the USA Today News Network, is the biggest media conglomerate of the US. The McClatchy Company and Hearst Communications and among other publishers that own a large percentage of the press.
Most of the prominent American newspapers depend on advertising, besides some revenue from the newsstand sales and subscriptions. Besides daily and weekly newspapers, the US also has alternative weeklies based in some major cities.
Most general-purpose newspapers are either printed one day a week, or are printed daily. They are in part advertising-driven, including classified ads, but also receive income from newsstand sales and subscriptions. New York City’s Village Voice and L.A. Weekly of Los Angeles are among its examples. These alternative newspapers are distributed for free at public places.
There are also many newspapers of record for various states of the US. These newspaper publishes official notices of the government.
US newspapers and websites’ list
Here below we present you a list of the top newspapers and websites operating in the United States. With this list of prominent US newspapers and other publications, we have tried to explain the origin, operations, status and relevance of these American mediahouses.
New York Times
The New York Times is a daily newspaper that serves a worldwide readership from its base in New York City. The New York Times was established in 1851. The American daily holds record for having won highest number of Pulitzer Prizes (130). It also acts as the “newspaper of record” for the United States.
According to Cision, The New York Times is the third most circulated newspaper in the US and 18th in the world.
The New York Times Company is the publisher of the daily newspaper, which is listed as a public trade. Since 1896, the newspaper has been governed by the Sulzberger family. The dual-class share structure allows the Sulzberger family to keep some of its shares while rest of the shares are publicly traded.
A. G. Sulzberger is the publisher of The New York Times, while his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., acts as the company’s chairman. A. G. Sulzberger belongs to the fifth generation of the family in charge of The New York Times.
The New York Times has expended its horizons by a huge margin since the mid-1970s. It introduced special weekly sections to cover topics related to the regular news, editorials, features and sports news published in the paper.
On Sunday, the newspaper publishes supplement called a Sunday Review, which was formerly titled the Week in Review. The New York Times Book Review, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and The New York Times Magazine are among other popular publications by the American daily.
The Washington Post is a daily newspaper based in Washington, D.C. Along with a widely circulated national edition, the newspaper also publishes daily broadsheet editions for Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
After The New York Times, The Washington Post has won second highest number of Pulitzer Prizes (69). The journalists associated with The Washington Post have also been bestowed with 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards. With a strong hold over political news coverage, The Washington Post is among a few American papers that operate foreign bureaus.
The Washington Post was first published in 1877. The newspaper struggled for survival in its initial days. In 1933, financier Eugene Meyer purchased The Washington Post out of bankruptcy to revive its reputation and readership. Meyer’s daughter and son-in-law Katherine and Phil Graham continued his efforts for the revival of The Washington Post by buying out several rival publications.
Shot to Fame
It was in 1974 when the newspaper shot to fame, with two of its reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein leading an investigation of the Watergate scandal. The investigative report forced President Richard Nixon to resign from his post in 1974. The Washington Post achieved an incredible national and international reach with that report.
In October 2013, the ownership of The Washington Post was transferred from Graham family to Nash Holdings, a Jeff Bezos’ company, for $250 million.
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is an American newspaper mostly known for the coverage of business news. The headquarters of the newspapers are in New York City. Besides the English language national edition, The Wall Street Journal also publishes international editions in the Chinese and Japanese languages.
News Corp’s Dow Jones & Company publishes The Wall Street Journal six days a week and manages its news website. Charles Dow, Charles Bergstresser and Edward Jones are credited for the establishment of The Wall Street Journal on July 8, 1889.
According to sec.gov, The Wall Street Journal had a circulation of about 2.834 million copies, with close to 1,829,000 digital sales, in August 2019. The report adds that another leading daily, USA Today had a circulation of 1.7 million during the same period of time.
The Wall Street Journal also publishes a luxury news and lifestyle magazine, titled ‘WSJ’. The quarterly magazine was made monthly due to a welcoming readership response in 2014. The website of The Wall Street Journal, which was launched in 1996, has only been accessible to paid subscribers.
The Wall Street Journal acts as the “newspaper of record” for business and financial news related to the US. It has won as many as 37 Pulitzer Prizes. According to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal maintains a conservative approach while covering news. At times, the editorial team of The Wall Street Journal has promoted ideas that disagree with the scientific consensus on climate and health affairs.
USA Today is the flagship newspaper of American publishing company Gannett. It was launched by Al Neuharth on September 15, 1982. The corporate headquarters of USA Today are in Tysons, Virginia, though it is printed at 37 different regions across the United States. The newspaper also has five additional sites for publication on foreign lands.
With major focus on local and regional news, USA Today is popular for concise reports that are well supplemented by colourful images, informational graphics and cultural stories.
In the About Us section of its website, USA Today claims to enjoy a weekly print circulation of 726,906 copies. As many as 504,000 readers have subscribed to the digital version of USA Today. The daily readership of the newspaper was estimated at 2.6 million in 2021, as per its website.
With a huge network of publications, USA Today has the highest circulation among all listed newspapers of the United States. According to a study by University of Michigan Library, USA Today generally serves a centrist audience when it comes to political reporting.
The print edition of USA Today is circulated in all 50 states of the US, with an international edition for circulation in Asia, Europe, Canada and the Pacific Islands. USA Today also publishes a Sunday magazine, titled ‘USA Weekend’, USA Today Sports Weekly and an online sports blog under the title of The Big Lead. To serve a multimedia audience, USA Today runs news programs like USA Today: The Television Show and VRtually There.
Breitbart is a news website owned by the Breitbart News Network. Known for its far-right ideology, the news website also publishes opinion and commentary. Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart founded the website in mid-2007. Breitbart had then termed his news website “the Huffington Post of the right”. With headquarters in Los Angeles, Breitbart has bureaus in London, Texas and Jerusalem.
According to The New York Times, the journalists associated with Breitbart are ideologically driven. In the past, Breitbart’s content has been termed misogynistic, racist and xenophobic by liberals. Besides news, Breitbart also publishes conspiracy theories, misleading news stories and instances of anti-Muslim and anti-Chinese xenophobia.
In 2016, Breitbart former executive chairman Steve Bannon declared the news website “the platform for the alt-right”. It also promoted Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Former staff member Milo Yiannopoulos helped Breitbart promote ideas of neo-Nazi, white supremacy and Falun Gong, according to The Week.
According to CNET, over 2,000 organizations withdrew their ads from the Breitbart News website after the 2016 elections. A huge internet activism exposed Breitbart’s controversial positions and led to its loss of ad revenue.
Andrew Breitbart’s widow Susie Breitbart owns a majority stake in Breitbart, which is co-owned by CEO Larry Solov and the Mercer family. Alex Marlow acts as the editor-in-chief, while Wynton Hall is the managing editor of the website. Joel Pollak and Peter Schweizer acts as senior editors-at-large (2021).
The Epoch Times
The Epoch Times is New York-based newspaper affiliated with the Falun Gong new religious movement. The multi-language newspaper is owned by the Epoch Media Group, which also controls New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television. To serve a vast audience on the internet, The Epoch Times publishes news in 35 countries. However, The Epoch Times’ website can’t be accessed in mainland China.
The Epoch Times openly criticises the Chinese Communist Party. In Europe, the newspaper supports far-right politicians. In the United States, The Epoch Times supported President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In 2019, NBC News claimed in a report that The Epoch Times was the second-largest newspaper to fund pro-Trump advertising on Facebook.
Apart from political affiliations, The Epoch Times also promotes other groups affiliated with Falun Gong, like performing arts company, Shen Yun.
The Epoch Times is popular for spreading various conspiracy theories using its websites and YouTube channels. Theories related to QAnon and anti-vaccine misinformation drew worldwide criticism for The Epoch Times. The New York Times went on to describe The Epoch Times a “global-scale misinformation machine” in 2020.
In 2000, The Epoch Times was launched by John Tang and some other Chinese Americans associated with the Falun Gong movement. Tang was then just a graduate student in Georgia. The first issue of the newspaper was published from his basement. According to the founders, The Epoch Times was founded to counter censorship inside China. The newspaper also highlighted the repression of Falun Gong by the Chinese government.
New York Post
The New York Post, which is popularly known as NY Post, is a tabloid that is published on a daily basis. The Post also publishes news stories on its website and operates a celebrity gossip website titled Page Six and an entertainment website called Decider.
Federalist Alexander Hamilton founded the newspaper in 1801. In the 19th century, it was titled New York Evening Post under the editorship of William Cullen Bryant. The newspaper came under the ownership of Dorothy Schiff in the mid-20th century. Schiff transformed the broadsheet newspaper into a tabloid newspaper.
In 1976, the Post was acquired by Murdoch for US$30.5 million. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has been owning and operating the operations of The New York Post since 1993.
According to Cision, The New York Post was ranked fourth in the list of top 10 circulated newspapers of the US in 2019.
Under the ownership of Murdoch, the newspaper has received criticism for sensationalism, conservative bias and blatant advocacy. The Columbia Journalism Review said in a report in 1980 that “New York Post is no longer merely a journalistic problem. It is a social problem—a force for evil”.
The newspaper has also been accused of manipulating news stories to favour Murdoch’s business requirements. In the past, The New York Post has also avoided news topics that could harm the government of the People’s Republic of China as Murdoch has heavily invested in satellite television in China.
The Houston Chronicle is an American newspaper with its base in Houston, Texas. In April 2016, the newspaper claimed to be the third-largest circulated newspaper on Sunday in the United States. Only The New York Times and Los Angeles Times were ahead of The Houston Chronicle in Sunday circulation back then. In 1995, The Houston Chronicle acquired the business operations of long-time rival, Houston Post, to become the Houston’s newspaper of record.
The Hearst Corporation owns The Houston Chronicle, as part of its $10 billion multinational media conglomerate. Almost 2,000 people work for the company, which has employed over 300 journalists, photographers and editors to cover all local, national and international news. With its headquarters in Houston, The Houston Chronicle has bureaus in Austin and Washington, D.C.
The Houston Chronicle also has a news website with sections like Local, Sports, Politics, Weather, Business, Suburbs, Preview, Renew, Food & Culture, Opinion, Investigations, Multimedia and Interactives among others. Another website by the title Chron.com serves readers with sections like Music, Sports, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, Real Estate, News, Weather, Shopping, Jobs and Cars among others. While Chron.com can be accessed for free, The Houston Chronicle’s other website was launched in 2012 to sell online subscriptions.
The Houston Chronicle claims to have an average 125 million page views on its websites per month.
San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle is a daily newspaper that serves the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. The first issue of the newspaper was published under the title of The Daily Dramatic Chronicle in 1865. Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young were two brother, who established The San Francisco Chronicle in their teenage.
The Hearst Corporation owns the newspaper and two of its website — sfchronicle.com and sfgate.com. Until 2000, the newspaper was under the ownership of the de Young family.
The only major daily of San Francisco evolved with the city. By 1880, it had become the highest circulated newspaper in the West Coast of the United States. However, it suffered a fall in circulation in the early 21st century like many other newspapers throughout the country. By March 2010, The San Francisco Chronicle had slipped to the 24th position in the highest circulated national newspapers.
Unlike most of the publications, The San Francisco Chronicle publishes news stories in two of its websites — sfchronicle.com and sfgate.com. While the SFGate website was launched in 1994 to publish news from the newspaper and its other sources, SFChronicle.com came in existence in 2013, following the separation of SFGate and other Chronicle brands.
Both of the websites now operate separately.
Bay Area, San Francisco, Climate, Covid-19, Politics, Data, Sports, Tech, Food, Datebook, Opinions, Podcasts and In-Depth are among the sections of news on sfchronicle.com. SFGate, on the other hand, publishes news in categories like News, Sports, Local, Politics, Culture, Food, Tahoe, Outdoors, Travel, Real Estate, Obits, Coupons and The Buy Area among others.
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times, which is popularly known as LA Times, is an El Segundo-based newspaper of California. With prime focus on Los Angeles, the national daily manages the fifth-largest circulation in the United States, according to World Atlas. It is also the biggest publication based outside of the East Coast region. After bombing of its headquarters in 1910, The Los Angeles Times shifted its operations to a facility in El Segundo.
The first issue of the newspaper was published under the title of Los Angeles Daily Times on December 4, 1881. Nathan Cole Jr. and Thomas Gardiner are the two men credited for the establishment of The Los Angeles Times. Jesse Yarnell and T.J. Caystile owned the Mirror printing plant, which printed the first edition of The Los Angeles Times.
When Cole and Gardiner couldn’t pay the printing cost to the Mirror Company, they handed over the operations. S. J. Mathes joined the publication at the time of acquisition. Harrison Gray Otis, who made The Los Angeles Times successful, joined the paper as editor in July 1882. Patrick Soon-Shiong has been owning the newspaper since June 18, 2018. Norman Pearlstine acts as the executive editor of The Los Angeles Times (2021).
The newspaper talks about issues that otherwise fail to grab national attention. Problems related to immigration and disasters in the West Coast find due coverage in The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper has been bestowed with the Pulitzer Prize 40 times, thanks to the coverage of above mentioned issues.
Daily News is a New York-based tabloid newspaper of the United States. Joseph Medill Patterson launched the newspaper under the title of Illustrated Daily News in 1919. At that time, the US had no other tabloid publishing on a daily basis. In 1947, the newspaper recorded its peak circulation of 2.4 million daily copies.
In 2019, Daily News ranked 11th in the highest circulated newspapers in the US. Initially, the newspaper was part of New York Daily News, which closed its operations in in 1906.
Tribune Publishing owns the newspaper and its website with sections like Celebs, NY Politics, NYC Crime, Mets, Yankees, Photos and Puzzles & Games. In May 2021, Alden Global Capital of the Digital First Media acquired Tribune Publishing. While most of the publications of Tribune Publishing are now under the management of Alden Global Capital, Daily News is managed separately by Daily News Enterprises.
Daily News is considered a “flexibly centrist” newspaper, according to The New York Times. Daily News provides “crime reportage and hard-hitting coverage of public issues […] rather than portraying New York through the partisan divide between liberals and conservatives,” claims The New York Times journalist Alan Feuer.
Feuer adds that the newspaper is known for “speaking to and for the city’s working class and its crusades against municipal misconduct”.
The Daily News has been bestowed with eleven Pulitzer Prizes, with the last one in 2017 for Public Service. The newspaper had then collaborated with non-profit ProPublica “for uncovering, primarily through the work of reporter Sarah Ryley, widespread abuse of eviction rules by the police to oust hundreds of people, most of them poor minorities,” according to the Pulitzer’s official website.
The Chicago Tribune is an Illinois-based newspaper that publishes on a daily basis. Tribune Publishing owns the newspaper and its website. The first issue of The Chicago Tribune was published in 1847. Earlier, The Chicago Tribune had styled itself as the “World’s Greatest Newspaper”. The wide circulation of the daily makes it the most-read newspaper in the Great Lakes region and the Chicago metropolitan area. In 2017, The Chicago Tribune sixth in the top circulated American newspapers.
The Chicago Tribune was seen favouring Illinois’ own leader Abraham Lincoln and Republican Party’s progressive wing in most of its coverage in the 1850s. Joseph Medill was leading the newspaper back then. When Medill’s grandson, Robert R. McCormick, took charge of the newspaper in the 20th century, he transformed The Chicago Tribune in even more American-conservative way. IN association with New York Daily News and Washington Times-Herald, The Chicago Tribune achieved enormous success.
However, the newspaper changed its stance in 2008 for the first time in its history. Illinoisan Barack Obama, representing the Democrats, find due coverage on The Chicago Tribune’s editorial page.
On January 13, 2009, The Chicago Tribune announced to change its format from broadsheet to tabloid. However, the change didn’t turn beneficial and the paper started to lose its readership. In August 2011, The Chicago Tribune discontinued its tabloid edition and returned to the broadsheet format.
In May 2021. the newspaper witnessed a change in ownership as the Alden Global Capital acquired the business of Tribune Publishing.
The Star-Ledger is a Newark-based newspaper that manages the largest circulation in New Jersey. The Jersey Journal, The Times and Staten Island Advance are among the sister publications of The Star-Ledger. Advance Publications owns the newspaper and its website with sections like News, Business, Education, Health, Politics, Opinion, Obituaries, Sports and Entertainment among others.
The newspaper was first published under the title of The Newark Daily Advertiser in 1832. It was the first daily newspaper of Newark at that time. Block Communications took over the operations and renamed the newspaper to Newark Star-Eagle. In 1939, S. I. Newhouse acquired Newark Star-Eagle and merged it with Newark Ledger to title it Newark Star-Ledger. In the 1970s, the publication dropped Newark from its title, though many of its readers still call it Newark Star-Ledger.
The daily circulation of The Star-Ledger had reached above the next two largest New Jersey newspapers combined in 2017. The Sunday circulation of the newspaper was more than the next three papers combined, according to the data published by the New Jersey Press Association.
The newspaper, however, suffered a great fall in print circulation in the recent times. In 2013, the daily circulation of The Star-Ledger was 180,000 copies. In 2015, the number of “individually paid print circulation” came further down to 114,000 copies. The impact was such that The Star-Ledger decided to sell its Newark headquarters building in 2013.
However, Advance Publications made it clear that it is not considering any mergers or changes in ownership or frequency of the papers despite going through a tough time.
The Seattle Times is a Washington-based newspaper of the United States. First published in 1891, The Seattle Times has been under the ownership of the Blethen family since 1896. The Seattle Times claims to be the highest circulated newspaper in Washington and the Pacific Northwest area.
The Seattle Times Company owns the newspaper and its website with sections like Coronavirus, Local, Biz, Sports, Entertainment, Life, Homes and Opinion among others. Local newspapers like Walla Walla and Yakima are among sister publications of The Seattle Times. Until 2009, The Seattle Times competed with Seattle Post-Intelligencer to capture the biggest share of readership in Seattle. However, the latter ceased publication and The Seattle Times made enormous profits.
The Seattle Times is sold for $2 daily, except for region like Island, Thurston & other WA counties. There, it is sold for $2.5. The Sunday edition of The Seattle Times is sold for $3, while its cost is $4 in the abovementioned counties. The newspaper is sold for an even higher price outside the state of Washington.
The first issue of the newspaper was published under the title of Seattle Press-Times in 1891. The four-page newspaper had an initial daily circulation of 3,500 copies. Maine teacher and attorney Alden J. Blethen acquired the business operations of The Seattle Times in 1896. He soon renamed it Seattle Daily Times and doubled its circulation. In 1915, the daily circulation of the newspaper had reached 70,000.
The Mercury News, which is popularly known as The Merc, is a San Jose-based newspaper of California. It was earlier titled San Jose Mercury News. The daily newspaper primarily focuses on news related to the San Francisco Bay Area. The Digital First Media’s Bay Area News Group owns the newspaper and its website with sections like News, Local, Opinion, Sports, Things To Do and Marketplace among others.
The publisher claims that The Mercury News is the fifth largest American newspaper in terms of circulation. It once had an average daily circulation of 611,194 copies. In 2018, the daily edition of the newspaper had a circulation of 324,500 copies, while the Sunday circulation of the newspaper was 415,200 back then. In 2021, the circulation further slipped but the Bay Area News Group stopped publishing the circulation of The Mercury News. The publisher, however, mentions the “readership” of the newspaper, which was 312,700 adults in 2021.
The Mercury News was started in 1851 for the coverage of the Santa Clara Valley. It is the last remaining English language daily of the region. In 1983, the newspaper got its current title for a series of mergers. Knight Ridder owned the newspaper during much of the 20th century. It was the first publication in the US to publish editions in Spanish and Vietnamese besides its regular English version.
The Boston Globe is an English-language daily newspaper published in the United States. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe has won 26 Pulitzer Prizes till 2021. It is the largest and oldest daily published in Boston.
The first issue of The Boston Globe was published in 1872. The newspaper was established by six businessmen of Boston including Eben Dyer Jordan and Cyrus Wakefield. The morning daily started Sunday edition in 1877. The Boston Weekly Globe, a weekly edition for the mail subscribers outside the city was launched in 1873 but was merged with the Sunday edition in 1892. The Boston Evening Globe, an afternoon edition launched in 1878 ceased publication in 1979. By the 1890s, The Boston Globe’s staff primarily comprised Irish American Catholics. In 1974 and 1984, Time magazine included it in the list of ten best daily newspapers in the US. In 1993, The New York Times purchased the daily for $1.1 billion. Later, Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. owner John W. Henry acquired it in 2013.
The Boston Globe launched its online edition- Boston.com in 1995. It segregates the news into sections such as metro, sports, business & tech, opinion, politics and lifestyle among others.
The Boston Globe was the first major newspaper in the U.S. in 1967, to protest against the Vietnam War. In 2002, its coverage of the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal garnered attention worldwide and later served as the basis for the American drama film Spotlight, released in 2015.
The Arizona Republic is a newspaper published on a daily basis in Phoenix city of Arizona. It has circulation across Arizona and is the largest newspaper in the state. The Arizona Republic also has a website.
The American daily was launched on May 19, 1890. Back then, it was known as The Arizona Republican. It was operated by Dwight B. Heard from 1912 until his death in 1929. After that, two top executives, Charles Stauffer and W. Wesley Knorpp, were responsible for the functioning of the newspaper until 1946 when it was purchased by Eugene C. Pulliam. It was Knorpp and Stauffer who changed the newspaper’s name to The Arizona Republic in 1930. In 2000, Gannett acquired The Arizona Republic, thus it came under the common ownership with USA Today.
Along with the local Phoenix NBC television affiliate, KPNX, it also produces a local news website, www.azcentral.com. The news stories and articles have been segregated into a wide range of categories such as business, travel, sports, politics and local among others. In 2000, it also launched a publication, La Voz, in Spanish.
The circulation of The Arziona Republic dropped to 21st position from 16th in 2013. In 2018, the daily circulation of the newspaper was around 130,000.
The Oregonian is a Portland-based newspaper that publishes on a daily basis. The Advance Publications owns the newspaper and its website with sections like News, Sports and Life among others. According to the University of Oregon Libraries, The Oregonian is the oldest surviving newspaper of the U.S. west coast.
The newspaper was first published on December 4, 1850, as a weekly. Thomas J. Dryer is the man credited for the establishment of The Oregonian. In 1861, The Oregonian became a daily newspaper. The wide circulation of the newspaper makes it the largest in Oregon and the second largest across the Pacific Northwest.
The Sunday edition of the newspaper comes as The Sunday Oregonian, while it was known as The Morning Oregonian from 1861 until 1937.
In 2001, The Oregonian won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Besides the only organizational award, seven other Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded to the staff and individual writers associated with the paper. The Oregonian’s last Pulitzer Prize came in 2014 for Editorial Writing.
The Oregonian id delivered from door to door in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Yamhill counties. It is delivered four days a week — Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oregonian is also distributed in Marion and Columbia counties. Since 2006, The Oregonian is no longer available in the eastern Oregon and the southern Oregon Coast, In December 2008, the newspaper stopped delivery in south of Albany due to “increasing newsprint and distribution costs”.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Plain Dealer is a Cleveland-based newspaper of Ohio. The newspaper is facing a fall in circulation for the past couple of years. According to muckrack.com, the newspaper ranked 23rd in the list of top circulated American newspaper in 2019. The Alliance for Audited Media claims that its circulation has reduced drastically since March 2013, when it ranked 17th for the daily edition and 15th for the Sunday edition.
Crain’s Cleveland Business claims that The Plain Dealer had a readership of 94,838 in May 2019, while the Sunday edition recorded 171,404 readers. The newspaper reduced its home delivery to four days a week to cope up with the rising cost in August 2013. However, The Plain Dealer is available on its website, stores, newsstands and news racks.
Joseph William Gray and Admiral Nelson Gray are the founders of the newspaper. The two brothers acquired The Cleveland Advertiser and titled it The Plain Dealer in January 1842. The Cleveland Advertiser was a popular newspaper of its time and operated from 1831 to 1841.
Besides publishing news stories on its website, The Plain Dealer provides regular updates on social media platforms like Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. On its official Facebook page, The Plain Dealer describes itself as “the premier news, sports and entertainment media website in Ohio”.
“We provide 24/7 news to inform, engage and entertain readers,” it states further.
The Star Tribune is Minnesota’s largest newspaper, which started as the Minneapolis Tribune in 1867. Until 1920, the newspaper competed with Minneapolis Daily Star. During the 1930s and 1940s, the newspaper acquired all other competing newspapers and started publishing the Tribune in the morning and the Star in the evening. The two papers merged in 1982. The merged publication was titled The Star and Tribune. In 1987, the newspaper got its current title.
The newspaper and its website are owned by the Star Tribune Media Company LLC. It was in 2009, when local businessman Glen Taylor bought the operations of The Star Tribune and revived it from the state of bankruptcy.
With major focus on Minneapolis, The Star Tribune is distributed throughout the Minneapolis Saint Paul metropolitan area. Besides local news, The Star Tribune also publishes national and international news, covering categories like sports, business and lifestyle.
Journalists associated with The Star Tribune have won Pulitzer Prizes seven times. The recent most Pulitzer Prize given to the publication was in the 2021 Breaking News category. With headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, The Star Tribune manages a 7th rank in circulation in the United States.
The Star Tribune has a website as well with sections like Local, Sports, Business, Opinion, Variety, Obituaries, Classifieds, Autos, Housing and Jobs among others. One can read its eEdition and follow The Star Tribune on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is a daily newspaper that serves the Philadelphia metropolitan area along with its sister publication Daily News. Both of the newspapers are digitally present on a single news website — Inquirer.com.
John R. Walker and John Norvell established the newspaper as The Pennsylvania Inquirer in June 1829. According to the Philadelphia Press Association, The Philadelphia Inquirer is the third-oldest surviving newspaper of the United States.
The Philadelphia Foundation’s Lenfest Institute owns the newspapers and their website. According to the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The Philadelphia Inquirer is the largest American publication registered under nonprofit ownership.
According to infoplease.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer had ranked 17th in the list of top circulated American newspapers in 2007. The newspaper has won as many as 20 Pulitzer Prizes so far. It acts as the newspaper of record for the Delaware Valley.
The Philadelphia Inquirer rose to prominence during the American Civil War. However, its circulation started to drop after the war. The Philadelphia Inquirer recaptured the market by the end of the 19th century. The newspaper was initially a publication supporting the Democratic Party, though its political inclination shifted toward the Whig Party and then the Republican Party. In the 20th century, the paper became politically independent.
The Denver Post based in Denver, Colorado in United States is a daily newspaper and website. Published in the broadsheet format, it is owned by Digital First Media. Its origin goes back to 1892.
Origin And History
The Denver Post was published as The Evening Post in August 1892. However, it suspended its publication in August 1893, only to be resurrected in June 1894. Later, it was acquired by Harry Heye Tammen and Frederick Gilmer Bonfils, who had no experience in the newspaper business. It was renamed Denver Evening Post on November 3, 1895, and later on January 1, 1901, “Evening” was dropped from the masthead, thus becoming The Denver Post.
The Denver Post has been owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital since 2010. It acquired the newspaper from the bankrupt parent company, MediaNews Group, which had purchased it from the Times Mirror Co. in 1987. Times Mirror brought the newspaper from the heirs of founder Frederick Gilmer Bonfils in 1980.
A group “Together for Colorado Springs” said in April 2018 that it is raising funds to buy The Denver Post from Alden Global Capital as “Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom”.
The website of The Denver Post caters to the interest of its readers through various categories like News, Sports, Business, Outdoors and Opinion among others. It is also available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
As per March 2016 data, the average weekday circulation of The Denver Post is 134,537 and its Sunday circulation stands at 253,261. According to ComScore, the website received around six million unique visitors monthly, resulting in 13 million page views.
Dallas Morning News (DMN)
The Dallas Morning News, circulated in the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas is a daily newspaper. It is considered the most important newspaper in Dallas. The Dallas Morning News was established on October 1, 1885, by Alfred Horatio Belo. So far, it has won nine Pulitzer Prizes. Published in the broadsheet format, its headquarters is in the downtown area, Dallas.
Origin And History
The Dallas Morning News was established in 1885 as a spin-off of the Galveston Daily News. In 1926, the Belo family sold the interest to the publisher, George Dealey. By the 1920s, the newspaper outgrew Galveston Daily News. By late 1991, it became the prominent newspaper in Dallas after its rival Dallas Times Herald shut down its operation. Adolph Ochs, who owns the credit of saving New York Times from the 1896 bankruptcy and transforming it into one of the most respected newspapers of the country, said in 1924 that Dallas Morning News had strongly influenced him.
The Dallas Morning News also has a website to complement its print edition. The portal has segregated its stories and reports into sections such as news, business, sports, art & entertainment, food, opinion, local news and sponsored content among others. The Dallas Morning News is also present on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press published in Detroit, Michigan of the United States is a daily newspaper. It is the largest daily in Detroit. Its Sunday edition is known as Sunday Free Press. Detroit Free Press serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Monroe counties. It is also the largest city newspaper owned by media company Gannett.
Origin And History
Published in the broadsheet format, it was founded in 1831. Detroit Free Press was established by John R. Williams and his uncle, Joseph Campau. The first issue of the newspaper was published on May 5, 1831, as Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer. In 1835, it was renamed Detroit Daily Free Press, thus becoming the first daily newspaper in the region. It became a democratic publication in the 1850s under the ownership of Wilbur F. Storey
Detroit Free Press also has a website. The portal has segregated the stories and report into several sections such as news, sports, autos, entertainment, obituaries and legal among others. It is also available on Facebook. Detroit Free Press offers mobile applications for both Android and iOS users. So far, the newspaper has received eight Pulitzer Prizes, according to its LinkedIn page. In 2018, it also received two Salute to Excellence awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. Detroit Free Press is also referred to as “Freep” or “The Friendly”- a slogan from an ad campaign during the ’70s.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch is a regional newspaper published in St. Louis, Missouri. It serves St. Louis metropolitan area and by circulation, it is the largest daily in the area. So far, it has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes. St. Louis Post-Dispatch is owned by Lee Enterprises. Since March 23, 2009, the paper has been published in Compact format.
Origin And Circulation
St. Louis Dispatch was acquired by Pulitzer in 1878 at a public auction. It was then merged with St. Louis Evening Post to form St. Louis Post and Dispatch. The name was soon shortened to the current one. The first issue of St. Louis Post-Dispatch was published on December 12, 1878. The newspaper introduced a feature on its front page known as ‘Weatherbird’, which is now the oldest continuously published cartoon in the United States. The cartoon bird basically portrays the daily weather forecast. The Post-Dispatch was also one of the first dailies to print a coloured comic section. As per December 2019 data, its daily circulation is 67, 848 and the circulation of its Sunday edition stands at 105,931.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch also has a website to complement its print edition. The website has segregated its stories and reports into sections and further into sub-sections. There are categories such as news, sports, business, opinions, obituaries, entertainment and lifestyle among others. St. Louis Post-Dispatch is even present on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn among others.
The Sacramento Bee based in Sacramento, California, in the United States is a newspaper published daily. It was established in 1857 as The Daily Bee. It serves upper Sacramento Valley. Published in the broadsheet format, it is owned by The McClatchy Company. As per 2017 data, the daily circulation of The Sacramento Bee and its Sunday edition is 122,600 and 225,343 respectively. So far, the newspaper has won six Pulitzer Prizes. The Sacramento Bee is the largest newspaper in Sacramento and the fifth largest in California. It is the flagship publication of McClatchy Company.
Origin And History
Its first issue was published on February 3, 1857. Back then, its rival newspaper was Sacramento Union, founded in 1851. After Sacramento Union shut down its publications in 1994, The Sacramento Bee boasts of being the longest-running newspaper in the city. Within a week of its launch, The Sacramento Bee unearthed a scandal that caused the impeachment of Know-Nothing California State Treasurer Henry Bates. John Rollin Ridge was its first editor, however, the position was taken over by James McClatchy by the end of the first week. Its “Scoopy Bee” mascot was created in 1943 by Walt Disney. In 2008, the newspaper was revamped. It changed its design and layout.
The Sacramento Bee is also available as a news portal. To cater to the interest of its readers, the website has a wide range of sections such as local, sports, politics, elections, investigations, entertainment, food & drink, business, national & world among others. It is available on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.
Newsday is a tabloid newspaper for the coverage of all news related to Nassau and Suffolk counties. The daily newspaper has national relevance as well as it is sold throughout the New York metropolitan area as well. The slogan of the newspaper has been changed from “Newsday, the Long Island Newspaper” to “Newsday, Your Eye on LI”.
According to The New York Times, Newsday had a weekday circulation of 377,500 copies in 2009. It was 11th-highest in the United States at that time. In January 2014, the weekday circulation of the newspaper had rose to 437,000 copies with Saturday circulation of 434,000 copies and Sunday circulation of 495,000 copies.
With headquarters in Melville. Newsday has as many as 19 Pulitzer Prizes under its name and it has been a finalist for 20 times.
Alicia Patterson and her husband, Harry Guggenheim, founded the newspaper on September 3, 1940, in Hempstead. Patterson, a former employee of Daily News, copied its design for Newsday in the 1970s.
Patrick Dolan’s Newsday Media owns the newspaper and its website. Debby Krenek acts as its Publisher, while Debbie Henley is the Editor of Newsday (2021).
Newsday has a website as well with sections like Long Island, Sports, Newsday TV, News, Feed Me, Opinion, Business, Obituaries and Newsday Live among others.
San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego Union-Tribune is a San Diego-based newspaper of California. The daily newspaper originated from a merger of two major dailies — The San Diego Union and San Diego Evening Tribune — in 1992. Until 2012, the newspaper was known as U-T San Diego. In 2015, the title was changed to The San Diego Union-Tribune after Tribune Publishing took over the operations.
The publisher sold The San Diego Union-Tribune along with Los Angeles Times to Nant Capital LLC of Patrick Soon-Shiong. The deal was signed for $500 million plus $90 million in pension liabilities on June 18, 2018.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has won four Pulitzer Prizes, with the last one in 2009 in the category of Editorial Cartooning. Pulitzer’s official website heaped praise on Steve Breen “for his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor”.
The newspaper has a website as well with sections like Sports, Business, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Opinion, Real Estate and Obituaries among others. The website also offers “Today’s Paper” and archives. One can follow The San Diego Union-Tribune on various social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn for regular news updates.
The Chicago Sun-Times is an Illinois-based newspaper of the United States. Owned by the Sun-Times Media Group, the newspaper has the second largest circulation in Chicago after Chicago Tribune. In 1948, a merger of Chicago Sun and Chicago Daily Times gave birth to The Chicago Sun-Times. As many as eight Pulitzer prizes have been given to the journalists of the newspaper. Most of these awards came in the 1970s.
The newspaper claims to be the oldest surviving paper of Chicago. In 1844, it was first published under the title of Chicago Daily Journal. In 1929, Chicago Daily Journal sold its assets to Chicago Daily News and its owner Samuel Emory Thomason started a tabloid titled Chicago Daily Illustrated Times.
Eight journalists that won Pulitzer prizes for The Chicago Sun-Times include Tom Fitzpatrick (for General Reporting in 1970), Jack Dykinga (for Feature Photography in 1971), Ron Powers (for Criticism in 1973), Art Petacque and Hugh Hough (for General Reporting in 1974), Roger Ebert (for Criticism in 1975), John H. White (for Feature Photography in 1982), Jack Higgins (for Editorial Cartooning in 1989) and Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim (for Local Reporting in 2011).
The website of The Chicago Sun-Times publishes stories in sections like News, Sports, Politics, Coronavirus and Entertainment among others. The readers can access E-Paper on the website and follow The Chicago Sun-Times on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Star is a Missouri-based daily newspaper, which is in publication since 1880. The newspaper has won eight Pulitzer Prizes and known for its coverage of President Harry S. Truman. Legendary writer Ernest Hemingway worked for the newspaper at an early age.
The Kansas City Star was first published on September 18, 1880, under the title of The Kansas City Evening Star. William Rockhill Nelson and Samuel E. Morss had started the newspaper after coming to Missouri. The duo earlier owned Fort Wayne News Sentinel in Indiana.
The daily newspaper has been a subject of criticism in the past for racism in a news coverage. On December 21, 2020, The Kansas City Star published an apology for publishing a report describing a history of racism. “For 140 years, it has been one of the most influential forces in shaping Kansas City and the region. And yet for much of its early history—through sins of both commission and omission—it disenfranchised, ignored and scorned generations of Black Kansas Citians. It reinforced Jim Crow laws and redlining. Decade after early decade it robbed an entire community of opportunity, dignity, justice and recognition,” Mike Fannin had written in his column for the newspaper.
The column was one of the six pieces that promised a deep examination of the past coverage of The Kansas City Star and its former sister paper, Kansas City Times, in response to the criticism.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
The St. Paul Pioneer Press is a Minnesota-based newspaper for the coverage of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Most of its circulation is recorded in Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties. It is also available in Wisconsin and Anoka County of Minnesota.
Minneapolis-based Star Tribune acts as the main competitor of The St. Paul Pioneer Press. The newspaper and its website are under the ownership of MediaNews Group since April 2006. While the owner calls it The St. Paul Pioneer Press, no masthead or online banner mention “St. Paul” in the newspaper anymore. On its official Facebook and Twitter page, the newspaper has titled itself St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The United States has undoubtedly the biggest network of newspapers. However, the number of daily newspapers has reduced drastically over the past half-century, claims a journal called Editor & Publisher. The journal adds that evening newspapers have reduced by half since 1970, though some morning editions and Sunday editions have come to the American market.
Citing an example, Editor & Publisher claimed that the US had 1,772 daily newspapers in 1950. As many as 1,450 of these publications were evening papers. While the entire number of daily newspapers reduced to 1,480 in 2000, only 766 evening papers could survive for this long.
All of the major metropolitan states and cities in the US have their own local newspapers. However, the culture of multiple local papers is on decline, with smaller cities shutting down local newspapers. The major reason behind this crisis is the increasing cost of publishing.
With no option to hike newspaper’s price to the extent where it covers the publishing cost, the newspapers are forced to rely on advertising revenue. This reduces the cost of reporting, most of the American newspapers rely on agencies like AFP, Associated Press and Reuters for national and international coverage.
Some of the American newspapers are doing exceptionally well even amid the crisis. Gannett and McClatchy are among the biggest of the media conglomerates ensuring a smooth run for these few newspapers. While these publishers own dozens or even hundreds of newspapers, some of the American newspapers are owned by individuals or affluent families.
Spanish is the most read language in the US after English. According to W3newspapers, over 800 Spanish language newspapers are currently in publication in the US.
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