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The only pa­per that cur­rently has a paid cir­cu­la­tion model that works ex­tremely well is The New York Times, which had a re­cent surge in its to­tal. At the end of the third quar­ter, New York Times Co. (NYT) had 1,557,000 dig­i­tal-only sub­scribers. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, it added 132,000 paid sub­scribers be­tween the election and the end of Novem­ber. Pre­sum­ably a large por­tion of these were dig­i­tal.

News­pa­per own­er­ship among the largest prop­er­ties falls pri­mar­ily into four cat­e­gories. The first is those owned by the large pub­lic cor­po­ra­tions. The sec­ond are those con­trolled by pri­vate com­pa­nies, the largest of which is the afore­men­tioned Dig­i­tal First Me­dia, owned by pri­vate eq­uity firm Alden Cap­i­tal, Hearst. Ad­vance Pub­li­ca­tions is another. It is con­trolled by the Ne­w­house fam­ily. The third model is pa­pers owned by ex­tremely rich in­di­vid­u­als. The most well-known of these is the Wash­ing­ton Post, con­trolled by Jeff Be­zos, the bil­lion­aire founder of Ama­zon. com. Another is the strug­gling New York Daily News, owned by real es­tate ty­coon Mort Zuck­er­man. Hedge fund man­ager ex­ec­u­tive John Henry is the prin­ci­pal owner of the Bos­ton Globe. The fi­nal model is pa­pers owned by non­profit en­ter­prises. These in­clude the Tampa Bay Times and Philadel­phia In­quirer.

Be­low are the 100 largest news­pa­pers in the United States based on com­bined print and dig­i­tal paid sub­scrip­tions. Cir­cu­la­tion data was pro­vided by the Al­liance for Au­dited Me­dia and is for the third quar­ter of 2015. Cir­cu­la­tion is the five-day av­er­age for pub­li­ca­tions that are pub­lished Mon­day through Fri­day. The list only com­pares news­pa­pers that re­port this five-day av­er­age. To be in­cluded in to­tal cir­cu­la­tion fig­ures, dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tions must be re­stricted ac­cess and com­ply with AAM stan­dards. Cir­cu­la­tion fig­ures also in­clude af­fil­i­ate pub­li­ca­tions as grouped by the AAM.

Rank News­pa­per Owner Cir­cu­la­tion 1 New York Times New York Times Com­pany 2,237,601 2 Long Is­land News­day Pa­trick Dolan and Charles Dolan 512,118 3 Los An­ge­les Times tronc, Inc. 507,395 4 New York Post News Corp. 424,721 5 Dal­las Morn­ing News A. H. Belo Corp. 410,587 6 Chicago Tri­bune tronc, Inc. 384,962 7 Wash­ing­ton Post Nash Hold­ings, LLC 356,768 8 Daily News (New York) Mor­timer Zuck­er­man 299,538 9 Am­newyork Pa­trick Dolan and Charles Dolan 291,991 10 Star Tri­bune (Min­neapo­lis) Glen Tay­lor 285,129 11 Hous­ton Chron­i­cle Hearst Corp. 276,445 12 Austin Amer­i­can Cox En­ter­prises 246,963 13 Tampa Bay Times Poyn­ter In­sti­tute 245,042 14 Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser Black Press Group Ltd. 243,376 15 The Record (Wood­land Park, NJ) Gan­nett Co. 242,567 16 Bos­ton Globe John W. Henry 232,546 17 Las Ve­gas Re­viewJour­nal News + Me­dia Cap­i­tal Group LLC (Shel­don Adel­son) 232,372 18 Philadel­phia In­quirer In­ter­state Gen­eral Me­dia 227,245 19 Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram McClatchy Co. 215,476 20 The Den­ver Post / The Sun­day Den­ver Post Daily First Me­dia 196,286 21 Ari­zona Repub­lic Gan­nett Co. 188,467 22 Metro New York Se­abay Me­dia Hold­ings LLC 180,866 23 El Vo­cero De Puerto Rico Publi-In­ver­siones 179,761 24 The Star-Ledger (Ne­wark) Ad­vance Pub­li­ca­tions, Inc. 170,077 25 San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle Hearst Corp. 167,602 26 Colum­bus Dis­patch New Me­dia In­vest­ment Group 164,995 27

Tri­bune Re­view (Pitts­burgh) Trib To­tal Me­dia 161,665 28 The Palm Beach Post Cox En­ter­prises 160,299 29 San An­to­nio Ex­press-News Hearst Corp. 158,986 30 Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel Gan­nett Co. 154,763 31 El Nuevo Dia GFR Me­dia 153,957 32 The Salt Lake Tri­bune / De­seret News Hunts­man Fam­ily In­vest­ments / De­seret Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion 152,210 33 Ex­press (Wash­ing­ton DC) Nash Hold­ings, LLC 148,928 34 Kansas City Star McClatchy Co. 146,730 35 Chicago Sun-Times Wrap­ports, LLC 146,539 36 The Vir­ginian-Pi­lot Land­mark Me­dia En­ter­prises 143,682 37 Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette Block Com­mu­ni­ca­tions 140,987 38 The Mi­ami Her­ald / El Nuevo Her­ald McClatchy Co. 139,735 39 South Florida Sun Sen­tinel tronc, Inc. 135,404 40 Arkansas Demo­crat Gazette WEHCO Me­dia 130,552 41 Indianapolis Star Gan­nett Co. 127,180 42 Ad­vo­cate

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