In today’s digital age, it’s imperative that print media keep up the pace with modern consumer demands and the ever-evolving face of news. Print media takes distinct steps to maintain the ranks among media outlets—ranging from managing websites and blogs, offering text and instant messaging update services, and distributing content across social media platforms. Because the availability of news increased with the advent of the Internet and other content platforms, the newspaper industry has picked up the slack and established itself on the technological grid. From increasing revenues to improving readership, newspapers are holding their ground in the midst of a seeming digital apocalypse.
While print news experienced an overall decline in circulation, they are surviving through digital subscriptions, which make up roughly 20% of total average daily newspaper circulation. According to Neal Lulofs, executive vice president of the Alliance for Audited Media, newspapers often maintain online editions as well as tablet or smartphone apps, PDF replicas, metered or restricted-access websites, or e-reader editions. Lulofs states that online editions account for 19.3% of U.S. daily newspapers’ total average circulation today, which is up from 14.2% in March 2012. Of the top ten newspapers in circulation, all maintain online digital web editions.
So what major newspapers have survived and thrived during this digital era?
1. The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal tops the chart with a circulation of 2,378,827 copies. Located in New York City, the WSJ was founded in 1889, and maintains a digital edition.
2. The New York Times
The New York Times has a circulation of 2,134,150 copies, and it has had a presence on the web since 1996. Since then it has been ranked among the top
websites in the nation. It is located in New York City and was founded in 1851.
3. USA Today
USA Today has a circulation of 1,674,306 copies, and it maintains a digital edition. Located in Washington, D.C., USA Today was founded in 1982.
4. Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times has a circulation of 1,607,878 copies, and it maintains a
digital edition. Located in Los Angeles, the L.A. Times was founded in 1881.
5. Washington Post
The Washington Post has a circulation of 1,312,781 copies,and it maintains a digital edition.
Located in Washington, D.C. the Washington Post was founded in 1887.
6. Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle has a circulation of 1,042,389 copies, and it maintains a
digital edition. Located in Houston, Texas, the Houston Chronicle was founded in 1901.
7. Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune has a circulation of 780,120 copies, and it maintains a digital edition. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Tribune was founded in 1847.
8. Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News has a circulation of 697,717 copies, and it maintains a digital edition. Located in Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885.
9. NY Daily News
NY Daily News has a circulation of 516,165 copies, and it maintains
a digital edition. Located in New York City, the NY Daily News was founded in 1855.
10. New York Post
The New York Post has a circulation of 500,521 copies, and it maintains a digital edition. Located in New York City, the New York Post was founded in 1801.