20 Facts About USA Today

1. USA Today is an American daily middle-market newspaper and news broadcasting company.

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2. USA Today is distributed in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, and an international edition is distributed in Asia, Canada, Europe, and the Pacific Islands.

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3. Genesis of USA Today was on February 29, 1980, when a company task force known as "Project NN" met with Gannett chairman Al Neuharth in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to develop a national newspaper.

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4. USA Today began publishing on September 15, 1982, initially in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas, for a newsstand price of 25¢.

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5. On January 29, 1988, USA Today published the largest edition in its history, a 78-page weekend edition featuring a section previewing Super Bowl XXII; the edition included 44.38 pages of advertising and sold 2,114,055 copies, setting a single-day record for an American newspaper.

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6. On September 1, 1991, USA Today launched a fourth printsite for its international edition in London for the United Kingdom and the British Isles.

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7. The international edition's schedule was changed as of April 1, 1994, to Monday through Friday, rather than from Tuesday through Saturday, in order to accommodate business travelers; on February 1, 1995, USA Today opened its first editorial bureau outside the United States at its Hong Kong publishing facility; additional editorial bureaus were launched in London and Moscow in 1996.

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8. On October 4, 1999, USA Today began running advertisements on its front page for the first time.

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9. In December 2010, USA Today launched the USA Today API for sharing data with partners of all types.

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10. On January 4, 2014, USA Today acquired the consumer product review website Reviewed.

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11. On September 3, 2014, USA Today announced that it would lay off roughly 70 employees in a restructuring of its newsroom and business operations.

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12. In May 2021, USA Today introduced a paywall for some of its online stories.

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13. USA Today is known for synthesizing news down to easy-to-read-and-comprehend stories.

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14. In many ways, USA Today is set up to break the typical newspaper layout.

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15. In February 2018, USA Today stirred controversy by publishing an op-ed by Jerome Corsi, the DC bureau chief for the fringe conspiracy website InfoWars.

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16. In October 2018, USA Today was criticized by NBC News for publishing an editorial by President Trump that was replete with inaccuracies.

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17. In 2020, USA Today endorsed a specific presidential candidate for the first time, Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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18. Gannett announced plans to develop a USA Today-branded weekly half-hour television program, to have been titled Sports Page, as part of a renewed initiative to extend the brand into television; this program, which was tapped for a fall 2004 debut, ultimately never launched.

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19. In 2004, Jack Kelley, a senior foreign correspondent for USA Today, was found to have fabricated false foreign news reports over the past decade.

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20. On June 16, 2022, it was reported that USA Today removed 23 articles written by journalist Gabriela Miranda after an inquiry related to one of her articles triggered an internal investigation and found that Miranda had fabricated sources on articles pertaining to the Texas Heartbeat Act, Ukrainian women's issues due to the Russian invasion, and an article on sunscreen.

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