It is often said that there is no "national press" in the United States as there is in Great Britain, where several newspapers dominate the circulation figures and are read nationwide.
In 1992, more than 10,000 newspapers appeared in some 6,500 towns in the United States. Most of the daily newspapers are published rain or shine, on Christmas, Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July. Including the 85 foreign-language newspapers published in 34 different languages, the daily newspapers in the
United States sell over 60 million copies a day.
The 890 Sunday papers are usually much larger than the 25 regular editions. The record for a Sunday paper is held by The New York Times. One issue on a Sunday in 1965 contained 946 pages, weighed over 7 pounds, and cost 50 cents. Reading the Sunday paper is an American tradition, for some people an alternative to going to church. Getting through all of the sections can take most of the day, leaving just enough time for the leisurely Sunday dinner. The Sunday newspapers have an average circulation of 62 million copies. There are also more than 7,000 newspapers which are published weekly, semi-weekly, or monthly.
Most daily newspapers are of the "quality" rather than the "popular" (that is, non-quality) variety. Among the twenty newspapers with the largest circulation, only two or three regularly feature crime, sex, and scandal. The paper with the largest circulation, TheWall Street Journal, is a very serious newspaper indeed.
American newspapers get much of their news from the same sources which serve about half of the people in the world, that is, the two U.S. news agencies AP (Associated Press) and UPI (United Press International). These two international news agencies are the world's largest.
Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. Ninety-nine percent of American households have at least one television and... [continues]
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