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Newspapers on Twitter, ranked by followers

Inspired by this interesting but flawed effort to measure U.S. newspaper Twitter followers, I scoured the Twittersphere to come up with an exhaustive list of Twitter followers for as many U.S. newspapers as I could. I ended up with 200, but I think I’m the only one exhausted. I’m sure there are many I left off the list. Feel free to chime in with the missing papers in the comments section. I say the other list is flawed because it only measures the Twitter followers for the top 25 print circulation papers. Circulation numbers don’t necessarily equal social media reach.

I only counted the top account for each paper (as painful as it was to leave out my own Austin360 Twitter account with its 15,500+ followers). I didn’t combine Twitter followers for all accounts at each paper – just the top account. There are too many to do it otherwise. All accounts were measured in a two-hour span on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010.

Note that the top three papers (and, yes, I included The Onion) were listed for a time on Twitter’s Suggested User’s List, which drew hundreds of thousands of new Twitter users to their accounts. Sure, they would probably be top accounts anyway, but it’s worth noting that Twitter gave them a serious boost.

A special thanks to Erica Smith, who used to track Twitter accounts on her blog before it became unmanageable (believe me, I understand). Her old posts gave me a good starting point.

Note, I tried to keep these to mainstream daily newspapers. There are several alternative papers who have a lot of followers as well.

Robert Quigley

Anyway, here’s the list:

1. New York Times 2,695,196
2. The Onion 2,427,663
3. Chicago Tribune 845,275
4. Wall Street Journal 484,596
5. Washington Post 215,697
6. Los Angeles Times 85,931
7. USA Today 76,190
8. Denver Post 32,902
9. Miami Herald 28,038
10. Austin American-Statesman 26,770
11. Dallas Morning News 25,196
12. Seattle Times 22,975
13. Atlanta Journal-Constitution 21,378
14. Boston Globe 20,363
15. Chicago Sun-Times 19,305
16. Detroit Free-Press 19,212
17. New York Daily News 16,359
18. Washington Times 16,087
19. The Detroit News 14,764
20. Houston Chronicle 14,438
21. Orlando Sentinel 13,712
22. The Times-Picayune 13,425
23. Baltimore Sun 13,368
24. Indianapolis Star 11,686
25. Sacramento Bee 11,330
26. The Oregonian 10,628
27. Philadelphia Inquirer 10,140
28. South Florida Sun-Sentinel 9,702
29. Boston Herald 8,951
30. Des Moines Register 8,674
31. The Charlotte Observer 8,237
32. Cleveland Plain Dealer 7,953
33. MinnPost 7,771
34. Seattle Post-Intelligencer 7,684
35. The Birmingham News 7,122
36. Deseret News 7,118
37. 6,929
38. Palm Beach Post 6,847
39. The State 6,561
40. The Star-Ledger 6,407
41. Los Angeles Daily News 6,314
42. Honolulu Star Bulletin 6,182
43. St. Paul Pioneer Press 6,152
44. The San Diego Union-Tribune 6,142
45. San Antonio Express-News 5,869
46. The Oklahoman 5,839
47. Colorado Daily 5,808
48. The News & Observer 5,612
49. Salt Lake Tribune 5,455
50. Las Vegas Sun 5,403
51. San Francisco Chronicle 5,135
52. Cincinnati Enquirer 5,017
53. Daily Camera 5,001
54. Ann Arbor News 4,962
55. The Hartford Courant 4,916
56. Clarion-Ledger 4,773
57. Florida Today 4,685
58. Tulsa World 4,607
59. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 4,573
60. Knoxville News Sentinel 4,533
61. The Columbus Dispatch 4,428
62. Lawrence Journal World 4,327
63. Anchorage Daily News 4,243
64. Grand Rapids Press 4,241
65. Orange County Register 4,202
66. Star-Telegram 4,091
67. Idaho Statesman 4,000
68. Albany Times Union 3,857
69. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 3,857
70. Sun Journal 4,741
71. The Fresno Bee 3,689
72. El Paso Times 3,676
73. East Valley Tribune 3,668
74. Tallahassee Democrat 3,649
75. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3,642
76. Richmond Times-Dispatch 3,606
77. The Providence Journal 3,598
78. Farm and Dairy 3,559
79. The News Tribune 3,520
80. The Modesto Bee 3,301
81. Capital Times 3,270
82. Journal Sentinel 3,266
83. Colorado Springs Gazette 3,214
84. Asheville Citizen Times 3,166
85. Omaha World-Herald 3,084
86. The Buffalo News 3,037
87. Lexington Herald-Leader 2,999
88. Wichita Eagle 2,984
89. Daily Press 2,978
90. Kalamazoo Gazette 2,934
91. Press Herald 2,907
92. Florida Times-Union 2,873
94. Naples Daily News 2,842
95. Asbury Park Press 2,837
96. Santa Cruz Sentinel 2,825
97. Contra Costa Times 2,804
98. Spokesman Review 2,739
99. Columbia Daily Tribune 2,704
100. Roanoke Times 2,662
101. Dayton Daily News 2,661
102. The Times of Northwest Indiana 2,632
103. San Jose Mercury News 2,612
104. Tampa Tribune 2,557
105. Reno Gazette-Journal 2,552
106. Daily Herald 2,535
107. Ventura County Star 2,496
108. Kansas City Star 2,478
109. Newsday 2,449
110. St. Louis Beacon 2,431
111. Flint Journal 2,428
112. Marin Independent Journal 2,413
113. Beaumont Enterprise 2,390
114. Press-Register 2,386
115. State Journal-Register 2,355
116. News & Record 2,333
117. Patriot-News 2,320
118. Gotham Gazette 2,313
119. Reading Eagle 2,266
120. The Virginian-Pilot 2,248
121. The Times-Tribune 2,193
122. Star-News 2,191
123. Sun Herald 2,122
124. The Everett Herald 2,079
125. The News-Press 2,006
126. Herald-Tribune 1,995
127. Waco Tribune 1,981
128. Seacoast 1,893
129. Albuquerque Journal 1,867
130. Quad-City Times 1,859
131. Gainesville Sun 1,761
132. Savannah Morning News 1,761
133. Charleston Gazette 1,745
134. Grand Island Independent 1,723
135. The News Journal 1,706
136. Nashua Telegraph 1,701
137. York Daily Record 1,683
138. Trentonian 1,680
139. Arizona Daily Star 1,653
140. Belleville News-Democrat 1,610
141. San Luis Obispo Tribune 1,558
142. The Post-Standard 1,537
143. The Ledger 1,520
144. Anniston Star 1,510
145. The Burlington Free Press 1,508
146. Courier-Post 1,508
147. Lancaster News 1,381
148. Pocono Record 1,362
149. Sioux City Journal 1,351
150. Northwest Florida Daily News 1,342
151. Telegram & Gazette 1,306
152. Herald Journal 1,263
153. Wenatchee World 1,191
154. Journal & Courier 1,183
155. The Vindicator 1,146
156. Greeley Tribune 1,067
157. Patriot Ledger 1,062
158. Arizona Republic 1,061
159. The Press-Democrat 1,046
160. Santa Barbara Independent 1,035
161. The Daily Reflector 1,032
162. The Daytona Post 1,022
163. The Saginaw News 991
164. Kennebec Journal 980
165. Rutland Herald 940
166. Watauga Democrat 923
167. Log Cabin Democrat 838
168. Stamford Times 827
169. Eden Prairie News 793
170. East Oahu Sun 772
171. Star-Banner 761
172. Corvallis Gazette Times 741
173. Ledger-Enquirer 731
174. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune 719
175. Alton Telegraph 712
176. Northern Virginia Daily 682
177. Morning Sentinel 666
178. Appeal-Democrat 632
179. The Hawk Eye 607
180. Beaver County Times 601
181. Durango Herald 596
182. Helena Independent Record 588
183. Great Falls Tribune 585
184. Merced Sun-Star 571
185. Suburban Life 538
186. Chaska Herald 510
187. Salisbury Post 480
188. Tribune Star 473
189. New York City News Service 411
190. Victoria Advocate 405
191. Star-Gazette 395
192. Broomfield Enterprise 290
193. Hannibal Courier 237
194. Boston NOW 202
195. Downers Grove Reporter 172
196. Glen Ellyn News and Wheaton Leader 161
197. Macon Telegraph 87

45 comments October 21st, 2010

Groupon inks McClatchy deal

This deal just makes sense all around.

Mashable is reporting that The McClatchy Company has inked a deal with Chicago-based coupon provider Groupon.

While we wonder what the business terms of the agreement are, it’s fairly safe to say that this move works for both parties. This is a great step for McClatchy; they now have a partner that can deliver local — nay, hyperlocal — daily deals through its pages. This is also a great step for Groupon, as the company can spread its wings into the not-so-digital community.

This isn’t the news business’ first foray into discounting, however. The Chicago Tribune has its own deals site, Half-Price Chicago, which offers gift certificates at steep discounts.

What are your thoughts on the deal? Is this type of arrangement something a newspaper can pull off with its own sales force, or does partnering with, say, a Groupon or YouSwoop make more sense? Has your news organization considered offering similar deals?

Please leave your thoughts as comments below!

-Daniel B. Honigman

7 comments July 1st, 2010

Newspapers and location: Going out with Gowalla

This morning, the Austin American-Statesman began a collaboration with Gowalla, the social media startup that uses GPS-enabled phones to help people explore their cities.

A few larger media outlets have taken a similar plunge, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal with rival service Foursquare, and the Washington Post and National Geographic with Gowalla. It was an easy match for the Statesman because Gowalla is based in Austin, and the Statesman has been pushing the envelope on social media for years.

Users who follow the Statesman and its entertainment site, Austin360, on Gowalla can complete trips that give virtual pins as rewards.

If you haven’t tried Gowalla or Foursquare, the whole idea of “checking in” to a location seems rather absurd – much the way Twitter likely sounded absurd when you first heard about it. However, we now know that Twitter can be used as an effective tool during breaking news events. That point was driven home in Austin during the plane crash into the IRS building. It’s way too early to tell whether Gowalla, Foursquare or any other location-based network will truly hit the mainstream – or be an effective tool for journalists beyond fun marketing.

So what does the Statesman expect to gain from this deal with Gowalla?

* It is very good for marketing. Gowalla is entertaining and addictive to use, so it’s great to have our brand associated with something fun.

* It’s another way to get into mobile devices. The news industry has been trying hard for the past couple of years to go mobile, building iPhone apps, better mobile sites and using Twitter and text messages. This is yet another way to seamlessly put our content and news into smart phones, which weaves our news into the fabric of our city.

* It is a way to get our foot in the door. If this does take off, we’ll be in a good position to do much more with it.

For its part, Gowalla gets exposure and content, two things it needs as it pushes back against not only Foursquare, but Yelp, Facebook, Twitter and others who are jumping into or are already in the location-based field.

We’re starting out with eight Gowalla trips, but plan to expand with more trips and eventually other creative ways of melding our content into Gowalla’s application. It’s a good start – and it’s fun.

- Robert Quigley

14 comments June 3rd, 2010

Will you pay for The New York Times online?

When The New York Times starts charging for frequent access to its online content starting in 2011, will enough people pony up to make up for lost advertising revenue? Obviously, that’s the big question not only for the Times, but for the newspaper industry as a whole.

Once in place, you’ll be able to get a few articles (unannounced number yet) for free each month but will have to pay a flat fee to get more content after you hit that wall.

Times’ executives have not answered some key questions yet, including the price that the public is going to be asked to pay. Also unanswered is what is the overarching goal: to protect the print product (by creating a barrier to reading the content online, driving people to print) or to boost revenue for online (which is quite a gamble).

Those goals are fraught with peril and nowhere near guaranteed for success. I’m sure a lot of publishers are glad that a player as big as the Times is jumping first.

What do you think? Are you a frequent reader? Will you pay to keep that up in 2011?

15 comments January 20th, 2010

Old Media vs. New Media: Battle to the death?

The media landscape continues to change, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fight-to-the-death between Old Media and New Media.

TechCrunch’s Robin Wauters took Old Media to task for not being quick enough to report the Michael Jackson’s death, saying new media entities TMZ and Twitter get it, and Old Media essentially is too slow to be relevant anymore. In the comments, there is a mini-war going on, with some people siding with the Chicago Tribune, which says Old Media did the “heavy lifting” in confirming Jackson’s death, and others saying that Twitter and TMZ is all we need anymore.

Instead of asking who will win, why not ask this: Why can’t Old Media and New Media get along?

Old Media should stop pretending like new ways of information aren’t important. Whether Old Media likes it or not, people are getting their news in new ways. The Old Media does need to move quicker. Ask any editor at any newspaper, and he or she will tell you the newsroom needs to always be moving quicker to get news out. Old Media needs New Media for various reasons, not the least of which being that people increasingly are turning to New Media outlets exclusively to get their news.

Meanwhile, New Media needs Old Media, too. Twitter can run rampant with rumors (including a widespread, though false, rumor that actor Jeff Goldblum had died). Old Media is good at doing some “heavy lifting” when it comes to verifying information. Some New Media outlets are good at that, too, but this is the Old Media’s forté.

There’s no reason for this to be a battle. If Old Media is in the New Media world and doing it right, the two can live together harmoniously.

15 comments July 1st, 2009

New Tricks: Create a persona for your online news brand

The social media space can be tough to navigate at times. You’ll probably be called out at one point or another — assuming you’re doing your job right — in public.

This is why before you put your news organization out there, it’s good to have a game plan. It’s not only enough to figure out who will be the front man for your newspaper, Web site or broadcast site in social media, you must first figure out:

- Voice
- Content
- How to interact
- Touch points across your organization


Determining one’s editorial voice is key. Whether your tone on the air or in print can be playful or serious, it’s a one-way broadcast. An organization’s official voice is usually that: official. In the social media space, however, you’ll be having conversations with folks, so having a more relaxed, conversational tone is important.

One thing that you may want to think about doing is creating a persona. Bill Adee and I did it for our friend, Colonel Tribune, and it helped tremendously.

The biggest question you should ask yourself: If your news organization were a person, who would it be? What kind of food would it eat? What kind of music would it listen to? Where would it live? What kinds of stories are most relevant?


Basically, you need to figure out what, when and how your audience likes its content. For instance, if you’re running a Twitter profile for a news broadcaster in Los Angeles, perhaps you set up a separate feed for local traffic alerts. If you run a national site about D.C. politics, you won’t give your followers weather updates. Right?

Basically, instead of providing news, you want to be as helpful as you can be. Instead of thinking of a story in terms of this:

“Big crash on expressway x. Expect delays.”

Think of it like this:

“There’s a crash on expressway x. Here are some alternate routes.”

The emphasis isn’t the news, per se. 99% of social media is figuring out a way to help someone else. This is a good way to do it.

It’s as simple as that, but once you establish yourself in one — or several — areas, feel free to stretch yourself a bit. Post a link from elsewhere on the Web. Re-Tweet some folks. Do something to keep your friends coming back for more.

How to interact

Previously, I said your editorial voice must be informal. Your interactions must be as well. But your role may be more than just editorial. Do you:

- Plan to post links to your content? Obviously.
- Plan on posting links to outside content? Perhaps.
- Have a plan if someone asks you a question? You should.
- Have a plan for when someone gives you a suggestion? This leads me to…

Touch points across your organization

This is a bit of an aside, but think of this scenario: Say someone gives you a hot news tip via Facebook. Who do you give it to? A reporter? An editor? Do you check it out yourself?

This is something to have on paper before you get started in the social space. It’s always good to have contacts throughout your organization, just in case something inspires you. Want to create a promo for your Facebook page? Have someone in your marketing or creative services department at your disposal. Got a news tip? Have an editor you can work with. Has someone suggested a site improvement? You should know someone in the technology department.

It’s important to have something concrete to refer to as you delve into the social media space. Whether you’re a day in, a week in or six months down the road, just having something on paper will help you evaluate your progress.

5 comments June 22nd, 2009

Answering the New York Times’ Twitter question

Tuesday afternoon, someone previously unknown to the Twitter world, Jennifer Preston, jumped into the fray with this tweet: “Hi, I’m the NYT’s new social media editor. More details later. How should @nytimes be using Twitter?”

Quite an introduction not only as the new social media editor, but also to Twitter. Her question drew a swift response.

The Times, which is nearing 1 million followers of its main Twitter account as of this blog post’s publishing, is one of the last big media accounts to send out an RSS feed of stories on Twitter.

We at Old Media New Tricks offer congratulations to her on the new job, and an answer to her question:

Interact with your followers, and follow them. The Times account only follows Times employees right now and does not respond to followers. There’s a reason this is called “social” media. Yes, there are 1 million people who are following the account. That’s because of the Times‘ well-earned brand name recognition and excellence in reporting.

Want to get with the times, Times? Treat those 1 million followers to an interactive experience on Twitter. Answer their questions. Retweet their posts. If Ashton Kutcher can do it with even more followers, then the Times can do it, too.

Oh, and check out how the Colonel and the Statesman do it.

Once again, congratulations on the new gig, Jennifer. Let us know if you’d be up for a Q&A.

14 comments May 26th, 2009

New tricks: Build community around breaking news

On Old Media, New Tricks, we’ve helped you grow the digital connection with your audience through niche news sites, closely moderated comment boards, Twitter and other tools out there.

But once you get your audience, what can you do with them? Here are a couple of ideas:

1. If you get a tip as a result of your social media efforts, acknowledge your audience in the stories themselves. If you say you got a tip via Twitter, link to that person’s profile. You should not relinquish any opportunity to say “thank you.”

2. Create a forum for people to answer each other’s questions about a breaking news item. For instance, if there’s a large teacher’s strike, set up a forum for teachers to not only talk with each other, but with students and parents as well.

Forums also:

- Create a place, possibly, for your reporters to interact with potential sources
- Create a place for your audience to ask your reporters questions. Sometimes, these questions and/or tips could turn into stories. Of course, you thank the audience member for the idea or question that turned into a story.
- Create a place for your audience to answer each other’s questions.
- If the conversation is good, you’ll find that you may get a few new registered users as a direct result of your forums.

3. After the story runs its cycle, it could be worth reaching out to your followers — especially if the story was local — and ask for input. Ask them:

- Did they like your coverage?
- What did your readers find most useful?
- How can you improve?

Remember, as my friend Jason Falls says, your participation will be a key component in making your social media efforts successful.

At this time, if you find you’re in the good graces of your followers, it could be a good time to ask them to register for your site, sign up for your e-newsletters, text alerts and the like. Bring them into your fold, and you may find it’s fairly easy to make a buck or two along the way. Tell them that their involvement not only helps you make a case for your continued presence on the social Web, but it in fact helps fund your future social media projects.

Why? Because you’ll find it just may.

Do you have any ideas on how to build community around breaking news? Post them as comments, and we’ll shoot them down — kidding — or we may include them in future posts. We’ll probably have a couple of more posts about this particular topic.

3 comments May 12th, 2009

New Tricks: Rules of engagement: How journalists can – and should – respond to comments

Traveling to different newsrooms is a big part of my job, and no two newsrooms are completely alike.

I’m an evangelist not just for social media tools, but getting newsrooms and news organizations to interact with readers at a very basic level. Some folks — many of whom are full-time bloggers — are naturally good at it, but when it comes to reporters, many don’t even want to engage readers on the “Comments” section of their stories.

This post will help guide you through this very act. There are a few things to remember, however:

1. Responding to comments is part of your job. Period.

2. Do not judge your readership based on a few bad apples. If you’re a reporter, don’t give up on your digital audience after a couple of crap comments. They’re probably anonymous, anyway.

3. There is no such thing as a one-comment story. If there’s one comment, there are two: the first comment and your response. Once you reach five comments or so, you don’t need to respond to everyone, but it’s good to continue to be a part of the conversation.

Here’s when you absolutely must respond to a reader:

- When a reader has a question about your story. Sometimes, through no fault of anyone’s, there are details that are edited out or just not addressed at all. If a reporter can provide an extra bit of information, it’s incumbent upon them to do it. Hell, there’s nothing wrong with leaving a reader happy.

- If someone bashes you. Sometimes comment boards can spiral out of control, especially when a reader bashes you, but if you respond to an angry reader, it cuts them off at the knees and may ultimately win them over. If the commenter responds, and you have their e-mail address, answer them privately.

- When you feel you have to keep your conversation and comment strings on point. If your comment board allows for threaded comments, this may be a non-issue; however, sometimes the conversation just takes an unexpected turn. Don’t be afraid to jump in and keep folks on track.

Sometimes the conversation can just spiral out of control. Here’s when I think it’s OK to ban a commenter:

- When someone makes a racist, sexist or homophobic comment.

- When one of your readers bashes another. Keep folks polite, and they’ll keep coming back.

It may be good to sit down with your site producers and editors to create a clear set of rules — Terms of Service, if you will — for your site. This way, if you ban someone, they’ll know exactly why. Just don’t go ban-happy.

Steward the conversation, and acknowledge your good readers/commenters. If you do, you have a real chance of building community around your blog or beat.

When do you think it’s OK — and not OK — to respond to comments? What’s your rule of thumb?

24 comments April 6th, 2009

Austin newspaper honors Texas’ social media elite during SXSW

Sunday night, as South by Southwest Interactive hit its stride, the Austin American-Statesman honored the top social media users in Texas.

I came up with this idea as a way to show off all the good work that Texans are doing, and to strengthen the newspaper’s relationship with the community. The Statesman, mainly through Twitter, has built a good reputation in the social media community.

We asked for nominations from the public (through Twitter), which brought in 125 nominees. The 25 winners were chosen by me, @omarg and @broylesa.

Be sure to check out the list of winners and their social media efforts. There’s no question that there are some real social media rock stars in Texas.

The awards show, which was at the new Ballet Austin building in downtown Austin, included a cocktail party with a pianist (so we could hear each other talk) and was catered & sponsored by Opal Divine’s restaurant and Sweet Leaf Tea. We then moved into the ballet’s performance area where we had an auditorium and stage to hand out trophies and say a little about each winner.

We named an overall winner during Sunday’s event. The big winner is Michelle Greer, who is a tireless proponent of using social media for social good.

Check out Michelle’s story here (which was centerpiece of both and the Life & Arts print edition today).

We also had two photographers and a digital journalist there to shoot video.

Check out the photos, and the video:

About 140 people attended the party, and everyone seemed to have a great time. The positive feedback from the party attendees was amazing. You can see the attendees’ Twitter stream here.

“Old” media can learn a few new tricks …

2 comments March 16th, 2009

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