Newspapers on Twitter, ranked by followers

October 21st, 2010

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. Al.com 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

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  • http://twitter.com/mmehlsak Mo Mehlsak

    We have 902 followers (and counting) at @the_forecaster in Falmouth, Maine, http://theforecaster.net.

  • http://twitter.com/kdhnews Killeen Daily Herald

    Great list! Don't forget to give a shout out to your neighbor Central Texas paper, Killeen Daily Herald. We have 1,049 Tweeps on our @kdhnews account.

  • Beth O'Malley

    The Suburban Journals, a Lee Enterprises chain of papers in the St. Louis area, has a twitter account at @stljournal, with 283 followers (as of 10/21)
    The Metro East Illinois papers have an account at @metroeastjrnls, with 333 followers (as of 10/21)

  • Mshinojosa

    Interesting list, can you find the same for facebook fans?

  • Jaime

    The number of the San Marcos Daily Record's Twitter followers has slowly been climbing during my time here. We're at 469, or would be #192. :)

  • http://twitter.com/MediaTricks Old Media New Tricks

    Thinking of doing a FB list at some point. Thanks!

  • Erika

    Additions to newspapers on Twitter:
    HonAdv (now @StarAdvertiser) 11,295; StarAdvertiser 3,042; MidWeekHawaii 1,675; pacificbiznews 2,027. Note, No. 44 Honolulu Star-Bulletin (@starbulletin) is also now @StarAdvertiser — The Honolulu Star-Advertiser — following the consolidation of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser. There may be others, but these are the ones I could find quickly.

  • Erika

    Additions to newspapers on Twitter:
    HonAdv (now @StarAdvertiser) 11,295; StarAdvertiser 3,042; MidWeekHawaii 1,675; pacificbiznews 2,027. Note, No. 44 Honolulu Star-Bulletin (@starbulletin) is also now @StarAdvertiser — The Honolulu Star-Advertiser — following the consolidation of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser. There may be others, but these are the ones I could find quickly.

  • DAarons

    Education Week newspaper, American Education's Newspaper of Record, has 28,056 (and counting!) followers, making us #9 on your list: http://twitter.com/educationweek

  • DAarons

    Education Week newspaper, American Education's Newspaper of Record, has 28,056 (and counting!) followers, making us #9 on your list: http://twitter.com/educationweek

  • Sarah Day Owen

    Thanks for making this list! FYI, The Augusta Chronicle (@AUG_Chronicle) has 1,668 followers. Best, Sarah Day Owen

  • Sarah Day Owen

    Thanks for making this list! FYI, The Augusta Chronicle (@AUG_Chronicle) has 1,668 followers. Best, Sarah Day Owen

  • Erica Smith
  • http://oldmedianewtricks.com Daniel_Honigman

    Keep 'em coming, folks. Here's the place to tell us about your newspaper's Twitter account!

  • http://twitter.com/valpass Valerie Passonno

    My hometown paper (and first paper I worked at), the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette (@gazettedotcom), has 2,805 as of Thurs. night.

  • http://twitter.com/craignewman Craig Newman

    Robert, first of all, nice effort on your part. Thanks.
    I appreciate your point to the “flawed” angle. Correlating print circ with new media numbers is interesting and not entirely apples to oranges, but it is largely two different audiences and makes for more of a cross reference tool.
    As to your point on the Suggested Users beneficiaries – and all the other titles for that matter – it would be nice to find out engagement. How much of that following is leading to traffic or community and how much is just noise to signal. And at what point is a LOT of followers too many? Kinda hard to interact with a million people chirping at you. At that point don't you lose the “social” in your media.

  • http://twitter.com/craignewman Craig Newman

    Our fine suburban competitors at the Daily Herald under the @dhinsider handle have 1,610 followers.

  • joshuakarp

    The Printed Blog has 3,050 followers… puts us at #87…

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  • http://twitter.com/MediaTricks Old Media New Tricks

    Craig, great points. Someone should check bit.ly stats at some of the big papers and compare their click-throughs to audience ratio, etc. That someone might be me at some point :)
    Thanks for the comment,
    Robert

  • Courtney Sinner

    we have 853 followers at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota @bistrib

  • inforum

    The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (@inforum) – 1,500 followers

  • Eric

    Thank you for the list. I personally know how difficult this type of task could be!

    The San Jose Mercury News has another twitter feed which we would consider our main feed @MercNews which has 4310 followers.

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenAlec Darren Alec

    You forgot Minneapolis Star Tribune w/ 7300 followers
    http://twitter.com/#!/MN_News

  • Jenny

    Still missing @mtvnews – 114k followers :)

  • Darren Benson

    The Eagle in Bryan-College Station, Texas, has 1,273 people following @theeagle. http://www.theeagle.com

  • Clivengood

    FYI:

    The Ann Arbor News went out of business about 15 months and was replaced by AnnArbor.com: http://twitter.com/AnnArborcom

  • sauerkraut

    mtv is not a newspaper.

    springfield republican is not listed. may be under masslive (Patriot-News has a website pennlive).

  • Sherry

    @Tennessean 6055 #nashville

  • http://www.cw.ua.edu Jmhedrick

    The Crimson White, The University of Alabama's student run newspaper has 1191 followers and counting. We'll crack 2,000 by December, guaranteed. In 18 months, The Gray Lady will be a distant second to us.

    http://www.twitter.com/TheCrimsonWhite

  • http://twitter.com/journalistics Journalistics

    If my post were intended to be a 'biggest to smallest' ranking of newspapers by Twitter followers, I would agree with your flawed comment. However, the post was NOT a ranking of newspapers by Twitter followers per se – rather, it was the Top 25 Newspapers by U.S. Circulation, reordered by Twitter followers. That's a big difference.

    My post wasn't flawed (maybe the headline was). Either way, thanks for adding to the discussion and creating this list. I know how difficult it is.

    Maybe now you appreciate how fun it is to have everyone correct all the facts you spent so much time researching. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/journalistics Journalistics

    I'm not sure I get your point on 'flawed'. My post took the Top 25 U.S. Newspapers (according to the ABC) and reordered them by followers. The post was NOT a ranking of ALL newspapers by Twitter followers.

    I appreciate you adding to the discussion with your list. If anything is flawed about the post, it's perhaps the headline – which obviously failed to convince people to read the post.

  • http://oldmedianewtricks.com Daniel_Honigman

    Appreciate your input, Jenny, but have to agree with sauerkraut. MTV isn't a newspaper!

  • Rachel

    The Louisville Courier-Journal @courier-journal has 3,144 Followers

  • Bob

    Coloradoan in Fort Collins has 2,948 followers

  • http://twitter.com/robquig Robert Quigley

    My point in “flawed” was mainly that it didn't give people a good picture of who is really the leaders in Twitter among newspapers. Circulation has so little to do with online presence or social media presence.

    Your execution of your idea was fine, and flawed was a bit of a strong word, but I meant it didn't give a complete picture. Thanks for the comment and for inspiring this post!

  • Adice

    Thanks for the list! Chiming in with ours: Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash. with 2,049 followers @KitsapSun

  • http://twitter.com/scottkleinberg Scott Kleinberg

    I would like to see RedEye in Chicago added to this list. Currently at 26,325, it would be in 11th place. Obviously, this is a well researched list but as the largest circulating daily newspaper in Chicago I believe that's a miss.

  • Ed Forbes

    We have 2,135 at The Journal News @lohud

  • Ed Forbes

    Oops. We have 2,999 and counting.

  • http://twitter.com/pressconnects pressconnects

    Pressconnects/Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, NY: 1174 followers

  • TLeonard

    The Chronicle in Centralia, Wash., has 454 followers. http://www.chronline.com

  • Jim Hammerand

    The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's @mspbjnews has 3,259 followers. http://twitter.com/#!/mspbjnew
    The University of Minnesota's Minnesota Daily @mndaily is at 1,502. http://twitter.com/#!/mndaily

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  • Aholbrook

    The Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times has 415 at @gdtnews and 230 at @gdtsports.


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