1.- Most daily papers in the USA are of the quality rather than the popular variety.
2.- There are no official or government-owned newspapers in the USA. There is no state censorship, that is, courts or judges cannot stop a story from being published or printed.
3.- Most daily newspapers are distributed locally or regionally.
4.- However, the influence of a few large metropolitan newspapers, most notably the New York Times and the Washington Post, has increased so that these papers come close to constituting a national press. Both papers syndicate their staff-written stories to regional newspapers all over the country.
5.- The Wall Street Journal was the country's first national daily and is the largest. It specializes in economic and financial issues.
6.- The New York Times is read by about one million people in the US and is ranked as the world's top daily.
7.- USA Today was launched only recently, in 1982. This paper claims over five and a half million readers.
8.- Most American newspapers rely heavily on wire copy from the two world's largest news agencies, the Associated Press and the United Press International. Neither of them is owned, controlled or run by the government. They have thousands of subscribers - newspapers, radio and television stations and other agencies, which pay to receive and use the news and photographs.
9.- The American press, especially in recent decades, has insisted on objectivity in news reports. Opinion is excluded from news columns and is presented on separate editorial pages.
10.- Newspapers have had to cope with competition from radio, television and the Internet. Nowadays, it is they which provide Americans with news.