Five Most Reliable Newspapers in the US

In the information age, it can be… surprisingly difficult to find reliable information, right? When you read a news publication, you want to be sure that you’re receiving verifiable, unbiased information. There are other important factors, of course: you want to read work from authors whose writing style you enjoy, and you want to subscribe to a publication that regularly covers topics that are important to you. In terms of reliability, though, there are two major factors that are worth considering: the circulation of a publication, and the amount to which your average person trusts it. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the five most reliable newspapers in the United States, as ranked by those criteria and using a Pew Research Center poll regarding the trustworthiness of news publications. Enjoy!

5 Most Reliable Newspapers in the US: The Official List

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Though it is surely an international paper, the Journal is a widely beloved and sincerely trusted source of business information in the United States. Published six days a week by Dow Jones, the Journal has a circulation of roughly 2.277 million copies—1.27m of which are digital subscriptions—worldwide.

The publication polls high among all political ideological groups, from hard line conservatives to diehard liberals. This is unsurprising, of course, since a significant portion of its content is devoted to business, which trends more towards factual than op-eds and puff pieces.

USA Today

USA Today

Immediately following the Journal in popularity is USA Today, with a weekly circulation of 1.021 million readers across most of the western hemisphere. USA Today is often referred to as a “middle-market newspaper,” which, in layman’s terms, means that it does its best to appeal to the widest possible audience.

They publish articles that run the gamut from the day’s most exciting headlines to entertainment news. USA Today polls favorably among the entire liberal spectrum and most conservatives—the exception being the most stringent of cons.

New York Times

The New York Times

The Gray Lady of news, the Times is one of America’s most ubiquitous newspapers of record, touting the nation’s highest combined digital and print readership and ranking 18th in worldwide circulation.

Founded in 1851—yeah, really—the paper also holds the prestigious honor of being the recipient of 122 Pulitzer Prizes, which is more than any other publication in the world. Unlike the Journal and USA Today, the Times polls most favorably among liberals and mixed-stance ideologists, receiving a lukewarm reception among conservatives.

Washington Post Newspaper

The Washington Post

WAPO is a paper whose emphasis is on national politics—which is completely unsurprising, given that its headquarters is located in the nation’s capital. With 47 Pulitzers, WAPO is second only to the Times in accolades, is well-remembered as the leading investigative journalism outlet during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, and has a weekly circulation of 1.312 million copies. Like the time, WAPO resonates strongest with left-leaning folks, but falls flat among the right-wing crowd.

New Yorker Original Cover

The New Yorker

Published by American mass media corporation Condé Nast, the New Yorker focuses primarily on cultural events in New York City—surprise, surprise—but finds a surprisingly large readership abroad. It’s well-known for its topical, hand-drawn covers, commentaries on pop culture, and attention to modern literature.

With a total circulation of 1.23 million, the New Yorker is a force to be reckoned with in the publishing world, but—like WAPO and the Times—finds its crowd primarily among liberals.

Done and dusted! The five most reliable newspapers in the US. We hope you found a new favorite for taking in the day’s headlines among our list!

Author: Billie Hauk

24-year-old Tennessee local yokel, part-time LGBTQ+ journalist and blogger.

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