There is no better way to start your day with a cup of tea along with a newspaper in hands to let you know of the latest happenings around the world. Times have changed but even after centuries, newspapers have seemed to retain its popularity. There is no doubt that newspapers are a powerful means of social print media to share news and awareness and has the power to even shape the society and system. So let us have a look at top 10 newspapers in the world.
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1) The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian is the leading daily newspaper of Britain and was formerly known as “The Manchester Guardian”. The newspaper is a part of the Guardian Media Group. The Guardian has also been named Newspaper of the Year four times at the annual British Press Awards. But it also has been accused of anti-Semitism and bias coverage of Israel. The print edition of The Guardian had a daily circulation of 162,000 copies and its online edition had a staggering 42.6 million readers in 2014.
2) The Wall Street Journal (USA)
The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused international newspaper based in New York City. It is regarded as a special newspaper for people in business and economic communities. It is published six days a week along with its European and Asian editions by Dow Jones & Company. The newspaper took its modern shape and prominence during the industrial expansion in the 1940s which made WSJ what it is now. The daily circulation is 2.4million as of March 2013.
3) The New York Times (USA)
The NYT, nicknamed as “The Gray Lady” was founded on September 18, 1851, in New York City. The newspaper has a popular motto “All the News That’s Fit to Print” which appears in the upper left-hand corner of the page. The NYT has also won 122 Pulitzer prizes which are most for any newspaper. The circulation of its print version is 2nd largest at 1.4 million only after The Wall Street Journal. The NYT is also renowned for its quality news, information and entertainment all around the world.
4) The Washington Post (USA)
The Washington Post was founded on 6th December 1877 in the capital city of Washington DC making it the area’s oldest extant newspaper. “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is the current slogan of The Washington Post. In 2013, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos acquired the newspaper from their longtime owners, the Graham Family for $250 million. The newspaper is believed to have a strong emphasis on national politics. Its daily circulation is about 475,000 and almost the double on Sunday.
5) China Daily (China)
China Daily was established on June 1, 1981, and is published throughout People’s Republic of China. Its headquarter is located in Beijing. China Daily issues 200,000 copies each day which is the most for any English-language newspaper in China. The editorial policies of the newspaper vary and are considered more liberal than other Chinese newspapers. The circulation of China Daily is estimated to be 500,000.
6) The Times of India (India)
The Times of India (TOI) is the oldest English-language newspaper in India still in circulation. The TOI was founded on November 3, 1838, with the name of “The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce”. In terms of circulation, The Times of India is the 3rd largest newspaper in India with a circulation of over 3 million as of 2015. The TOI is also the largest selling English newspaper in India. In fact, the BBC ranked this newspaper among the world’s best six newspapers.
7) The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
The Sydney Morning Herald or commonly SMH was founded in 1831 and was previously known as the Sydney Herald. The SMH is published six days of a week and available at stores in Sydney, Canberra, New South Wales and South East Queensland. The newspaper also publishes magazine Good Weekend as a part of the Saturday edition. The circulation of SMH is 766,000 on weekdays and 1,014,000 on Saturday.
8) The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
The Asahi Shimbun is one of the oldest and largest national daily newspapers in Japan. The newspaper began publication in Osaka on 25 January 1879, containing only four pages with the small print and sold for only one sen (a hundredth of yen) per copy. The Asahi Shimbun is considered as a left-leaning newspaper, with a long history of reporting on big political scandals. Its circulation is close to 6.5 million as of 2016.
9) The Sun (UK)
Founded in 1964, The Sun is one of the largest circulating newspaper in the United Kingdom. The Sun also have regional editions for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The newspaper is owned by News International which is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The newspaper has always been the centre of controversies, including its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. The total circulation of The Sun is about 1,859,000.
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10) Zaman (Turkey)
Zaman is a major English daily of Turkey. It was founded in 1986 and was the first Turkish newspaper to go online in 1995. Zaman features all the leading headlines and contents. Zaman also publishes a special international edition which is distributed in almost 35 countries. It also has bureaus in leading world capitals like Washington DC, New York and Moscow. The circulation of Zaman as of March 2015 was 650,000 making it the best selling newspaper in Turkey.