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9 Things You Didn't Know About Newspapers

Yomiuri Shimbun of Japan has the world’s largest newspaper circulation with an estimated 14,000,000 subscribers. In fact, 6 of the top 7 largest newspapers are based in Japan, according to the World Association of Newspapers.

There is at least one newspaper available in every continent of the world, including The Antarctic Sun of Antarctica.

Of the 429 U.S. newspapers viewable at the Newseum’s daily archive, 123 — or 28 percent — use some variation of the familiar Gothic font in their masthead.

Anne Royall, born 1769 and considered by some to be the first professional female journalist in the US, was also the first woman to interview a US president: John Quincy Adams.

The world’s smallest newspaper, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the First News of Surrey, England. The tiny tabloid measured in at only 1.25 x 0.86 in (32 x 22 mm).

The newspaper with the largest number of Pulitzer Prizes is the New York Times with 101.

You’ve probably heard the New York Times‘ famous slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” But how about the Aspen Daily News‘ motto “If You Don’t Want It Printed, Don’t Let It Happen” or the Mason Valley News of Yerington, Nevada’s proclamation “The Only Newspaper in the World That Gives a Damn About Yerington.”

At 210 years old, The Dartmouth, founded in 1799, is the United States’ oldest college newspaper.

The Washington Post has its own theme song, aptly titled “The Washington Post March,” composed in 1889 by John Phillip Sousa. The familiar tune was commissioned by newspaper management and can still be heard at many parades.


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