USA TODAY is an internationally distributed American daily
middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its
Gannett Company . Founded by
Al Neuharth on September 15,
1982, it operates from Gannett's corporate headquarters on Jones
Branch Drive in McLean ,
Virginia , United States. It is printed at
37 sites across the United States and at five additional sites
internationally. Its dynamic design influenced the style of local,
regional and national newspapers worldwide, through its use of concise
reports, colorized images, informational graphics, and its inclusion
of popular culture stories, among other distinct features.
With a weekly circulation of 1,021,638 and an approximate daily reach
of seven million readers as of 2016 ,
USA Today shares the position
of having the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal and
The New York Times
The New York Times .
USA Today is
distributed in all 50 states , the
District of Columbia
District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico , with an international edition distributed in
the Pacific Islands, and
* 1 History
* 1.1 Newsroom restructuring and 2011 graphical tweaks
* 1.2 2012 redesign
* 1.3 Mid-2010s expansion and restructuring
* 2 Layout and format
* 2.1 Opinion section
* 3 Personnel
* 3.1 Editorial board
* 4 Related publications and services
The Big Lead
* 4.4 USA Today: The Television Show
* 4.5 VRtually There
* 5 Awards
* 6 In popular culture
* 7 See also
* 8 Notes
* 9 External links
The development of
USA Today commenced on February 29, 1980, when
company staff employed for a task force known as "Project NN" met with
Gannett Company chairman
Al Neuharth in
Cocoa Beach, Florida to
develop a national newspaper. Early, regional prototypes included East
Bay Today, an
Oakland, California -based publication first published
in the late 1970s to serve as the morning edition of the Oakland
Tribune , an afternoon newspaper which Gannett owned at the time. On
June 11, 1981, Gannett printed the first prototypes of the proposed
publication; the copies, which displayed two proposed design layouts,
were mailed to various newsmakers and prominent leaders in journalism
for review and input. The Gannett Company's Board of Directors
approved the launch of the national newspaper, which would be titled
USA Today, on December 5, 1981; with the launch, Neuharth was
appointed president and publisher of the newspaper, adding those
responsibilities to his existing position as Gannett's chief executive
Gannett formally announced the launch of the paper on April 20, 1982.
USA Today began publishing on September 15, 1982, initially launching
Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas for an
initial newsstand price of 25¢ (equivalent to 62¢ today). After
selling out its first issue, Gannett gradually expanded the national
distribution of the paper, eventually reaching an estimated
circulation of 362,879 copies, double the amount of copy sales that
Gannett projected that
USA Today would accrue by the end of 1982. The
design was unique in its incorporation of colorized graphics and
photographs; initially, only its front news section pages were
rendered in four-color, while the remaining pages were displayed in a
spot color format. The paper's overall content style and elevated use
of graphics – the result of the concept developed by Neuharth, in
contribution with staff graphics designers George Rorick, Sam Ward,
Suzy Parker, John Sherlock and Web Bryant – was derided by critics,
who referred to it as "McPaper " or "television you can wrap fish in,"
because it opted to incorporate more concise, shorter-form nuggets of
information akin to the style of television news rather than in-depth
stories in many of its sections like traditional newspapers, which
many in the newspaper industry considered to be a dumbing down of the
On July 2, 1984, the newspaper switched from a largely
black-and-white to a color publication, featuring full color
photography and graphics in all four sections. The following week on
USA Today launched an international edition intended
primarily for U.S. readers abroad; this was followed four months later
on October 8 with the rollout of the first via satellite publication
of its international version in
Singapore . On April 8, 1985, the
paper published its first special bonus section, a 12-page section
called "Baseball '85," which previewed the 1985 Major League Baseball
By the fourth quarter of 1985,
USA Today had become the second
largest newspaper in the United States, reaching a daily circulation
of 1.4 million copies; total daily readership of the paper by 1987
(according to Simmons Market Research Bureau statistics) had reached
5.5 million, the largest of any daily newspaper in the U.S. On May 6,
USA Today began printing production of its international edition
USA Today operated at a loss for most of its first
four years of operation, accumulating a total deficit of $233 million
after taxes, according to figures released by Gannett in July 1987;
the newspaper began turning its first profit in May 1987, six months
ahead of Gannett corporate revenue projections.
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 circulation record for an
American newspaper (a record that the paper would beat nearly nine
months later on September 2, when its
Labor Day weekend edition sold
2,257,734 copies). On April 15,
USA Today launched a third
international printing site, based in
Hong Kong . The international
edition set circulation and advertising sales records during August
1988, when the publication provided extensive coverage of that year's
Olympics , selling more than 60,000 copies and 100 pages of
By July 1991, Simmons Market Research Bureau estimated that USA Today
had a total daily readership of nearly 6.6 million readers, an
all-time high for the paper at the time and the largest readership of
any daily newspaper in the United States. On September 1 of that year,
USA Today launched a fourth printsite for its international edition in
London to publish and distribute that version of the paper to the
United Kingdom and the
British Isles . The international edition's
format was changed beginning with the April 1, 1994 issue to release
each issue on Monday through Fridays, rather than from Tuesday through
Saturday, in order to accommodate business travelers; on February 1,
USA Today opened its first editorial bureau outside of the
United States at its
Hong Kong publishing facility; additional
editorial bureaus were launched in
Moscow in 1996.
On April 17, 1995,
USA Today launched its website, www.usatoday.com,
as part of the
USA Today Information Network to provide real-time news
coverage; the site would eventually expand to include a spin-off
website that launched in June 2002, USATODAY.com Travel, providing
travel information and booking tools. On August 28, 1995, a fifth
international publishing site was launched in
Frankfurt, Germany , to
print and distribute the international edition throughout most of
Europe. On October 4, 1999,
USA Today began running advertisements on
its front page for the first time.
On February 8, 2000, Gannett launched
USA Today Live, a broadcast and
Internet initiative designed to provide coverage from the newspaper to
broadcast television stations nationwide for use in their local
newscasts and their websites; the venture would also provide
integration with the
USA Today website, which transitioned from a
text-based format to feature audio and video clips of news content.
The paper launched a sixth printing site for its international edition
on May 15, 2000, in
Italy , followed on July 10 by the launch
of an international printing facility in
Charleroi, Belgium .
2001 saw additional expansion of the newspaper, with the launch of
two interactive units: on June 19,
USA Today and Gannett Newspapers
USA Today Careers Network (now Careers.com ), a website
featuring localized employment listings, then on July 18, the USA
Today News Center was launched as an interactive television news
service developed through a joint venture with the On Command
Corporation that was distributed to hotels around the United States.
On September 12 of that year, the newspaper set an all-time single day
circulation record, selling 3,638,600 copies for its edition covering
the terrorist attacks that damaged the World Trade Center and The
Pentagon and a hijacking attempt tied to the two events that resulted
in the crash of
United Airlines Flight 93 outside of Shanksville,
Pennsylvania . That November,
USA Today migrated its operations from
Gannett's previous corporate headquarters in Arlington,
the company's new headquarters in nearby McLean .
On December 12, 2005, Gannett announced that it would combine the
separate newsroom operations of USA Today's online and print entities,
with USAToday.com's vice president and editor-in-chief Kinsey Wilson
being promoted to co-executive editor, alongside existing executive
editor John Hillkirk. In 2010,
USA Today launched the
USA Today API
for sharing data with partners of all types.
NEWSROOM RESTRUCTURING AND 2011 GRAPHICAL TWEAKS
On August 27, 2010,
USA Today announced that it would undergo a
reorganization of its newsroom, announcing the layoffs of 130
staffers. It also announced that the paper would shift its focus away
from print and place more emphasis on its digital platforms (including
USAToday.com and its related mobile applications ) and launch of a new
USA Today Sports.
On January 24, 2011, to reverse a revenue slide, the paper introduced
a tweaked format that modified the appearance of its front section
pages, which included a larger logo at the top of each page; coloring
tweaks to section front pages; a new sans-serif font, called Prelo,
for certain headlines of main stories (replacing the Gulliver typeface
that had been implemented for story headers in April 2000); an updated
"Newsline" feature featuring larger, "newsier" headline entry points;
and the increasing and decreasing of mastheads and white space to
present a cleaner style.
Miguel Vazquez from
USA Today shows off the publication's Metro
On September 14, 2012,
USA Today underwent the first major redesign
in its history, in commemoration for the 30th anniversary of the
paper's first edition. Developed in conjunction with brand design
Wolff Olins , the print edition of
USA Today added a page
covering technology stories and expanded travel coverage within the
Life section and increased the number of color pages included in each
edition, while retaining longtime elements. The "globe" logo used
since the paper's inception was replaced with a new logo featuring a
large circle rendered in colors corresponding to each of the sections,
serving as an infographic that changes with news stories, containing
images representing that day's top stories.
The paper's website was also extensively overhauled using a new,
in-house content management system known as Presto and a design
created by Fantasy Interactive, that incorporates flipboard-style
navigation to switch between individual stories (which obscure most of
the main and section pages), clickable video advertising and a
responsive design layout. The site was designed to be more
interactive, provide optimizations for mobile and touchscreen devices,
provide "high impact" advertising units, and provide the ability for
Gannett to syndicate
USA Today content to the websites of its local
properties, and vice versa. To accomplish this goal, Gannett migrated
its newspaper and television station websites to the Presto platform
USA Today site design throughout 2013 and 2014 (although
archive content accessible through search engines remains available
through the pre-relaunch design).
MID-2010S EXPANSION AND RESTRUCTURING
On October 6, 2013, Gannett test launched a daily "butterfly" edition
USA Today for distribution as an insert in four of its newspapers
The Indianapolis Star , the Rochester Democrat ">'s circulation
after it regained its position as the highest circulated weekdaily
newspaper in the United States in October 2013. On September 3, 2014,
USA Today announced that it would lay off roughly 70 employees in a
restructuring of its newsroom and business operations. In October
USA Today and OpenWager Inc. entered into a partnership to
release a Bingo app called USA TODAY Bingo Cruise.
On December 3, 2015, Gannett formally launched the
USA Today Network,
a national digital newsgathering service providing shared content
USA Today and the company's 92 local newspapers throughout the
United States as well as pooling advertising services on both a
hyperlocal and national reach. The
Louisville Courier-Journal had
earlier soft-launched the service as part of a pilot program started
on November 17, coinciding with an imaging rebrand for the Louisville,
Kentucky -based newspaper; Gannett's other local newspaper properties,
as well as those it acquired through its merger with the Journal Media
Group , began identifying themselves as part of the
USA Today Network
(foregoing use of the Gannett name outside of requisite ownership
references) gradually integrated into the
USA Today Network through
early January 2016.
LAYOUT AND FORMAT
This February 5, 2009 issue of
USA Today shows the old layout
and logo of the paper prior to its 2012 redesign.
USA Today is known for synthesizing news down to
easy-to-read-and-comprehend stories. In the main edition circulated in
the United States and some Canadian cities, each edition consists of
four sections: News (the oft-labeled "front page" section), Money,
Sports, and Life. Since March 1998, the Friday edition of Life has
been separated into two distinct sections: the regular Life focusing
on entertainment (subtitled Weekend; section E), which features
television reviews and listings, a DVD column, film reviews and
trends, and a travel supplement called Destinations with Sports and
Life in the other.
Atypical of most daily newspapers, the paper does not print on
Saturdays and Sundays; the Friday edition serves as the weekend
USA Today has published special Saturday and Sunday
editions in the past, the first being published on January 19, 1991,
when it released a Saturday "Extra" edition updating coverage of the
Gulf War from the previous day; the paper published special
seven-day-a-week editions for the first time on July 19, 1996, when it
published special editions for exclusive distribution in the host city
Atlanta and surrounding areas for the two-week duration of the
USA Today prints each complete story on the front
page of the respective section with the exception of the cover story.
The cover story is a longer story that requires a jump (readers must
turn to another page in the paper to complete the story, usually the
next page of that section). On certain days, the news or sports
section will take up two paper sections, and there will be a second
cover story within the second section.
Each section is denoted by a certain color to differentiate sections
beyond lettering and is seen in a box the top-left corner of the first
page; the principal section colors are blue for News (section A),
green for Money (section B), red for Sports (section C), and purple
for Life (section D); in the paper's early years, the Life and Money
sections were also assigned blue nameplates and spot color, as the
presses used at USA Today' printing facilities did not yet accommodate
the use of other colors to denote all four original sections. Orange
is used for bonus sections (section E or above), which are published
occasionally such as for business travel trends and the
other bonus sections for sports (such as for the
PGA Tour preview,
NCAA Basketball Tournaments ,
Memorial Day auto races (Indianapolis
Coca-Cola 600 ), NFL opening weekend and the
Super Bowl )
previously used the orange color, but now use the red designated for
sports in their bonus sections. To increase their ties to USA Today,
Gannett incorporated the
USA Today coloring scheme into an internally
created graphics package for news programming that the company began
phasing in across its television station group – which were spun-off
in July 2015 into the separate broadcast and digital media company
Tegna – in late 2012 (the package utilizes the color scheme for a
rundown graphic used on most stations – outside of those that
Gannett acquired in 2014 from
London Broadcasting, which began
implementing the package in late 2015 – that persists throughout its
stations' newscasts, as well as bumpers for individual story topics).
Gannett's television stations began to a new on-air appearance that
uses a color-coding system identical to that of the paper.
Original logo, used from 1982 to 2012.
In many ways,
USA Today is set up to break the typical newspaper
layout. Some examples of that divergence from tradition include using
the left-hand quarter of each section as reefers (front-page
paragraphs referring to stories on inside pages ), sometimes using
sentence-length blurbs to describe stories inside; the lead reefer is
the cover page feature "Newsline," which shows summarized descriptions
of headline stories featured in all four main sections and any special
sections. As a national newspaper,
USA Today cannot focus on the
weather for any one city. Therefore, the entire back page of the News
section is used for weather maps for the continental United States ,
Puerto Rico and the
United States Virgin Islands , and temperature
lists for many cities throughout the U.S. and the world (temperatures
for individual cities on the primary forecast map and temperature
lists are suffixed with a one- or two-letter code, such as "t" for
thunderstorms , referencing the expected weather conditions); the
colorized forecast map, originally created by staff designer George
Rorick (who left
USA Today for a similar position at The Detroit News
in 1986), was copied by newspapers around the world, breaking from the
traditional style of using monochrome contouring or simplistic text to
denote temperature ranges. National precipitation maps for the next
three days (previously five days until the 2012 redesign), and
four-day forecasts and Air Quality Indexes for 36 major U.S. cities
(originally 16 cities prior to 1999) – with individual cities
color-coded by the temperature contour corresponding to the given area
on the forecast map – are also featured. Weather data is provided by
AccuWeather , which has served as the forecast provider for USA Today
for most of the paper's existence (with an exception from January 2002
to September 2012, when
The Weather Channel provided data through a
long-term multimedia content agreement with Gannett). In the
bottom left-hand corner of the weather page is "Weather Focus", a
graphic which explains various meteorological phenomena. On some days,
the Weather Focus could be a photo of a rare meteorological event.
On Mondays, the Money section uses its back page for "Market Trends,"
a feature that launched in June 2002 and presents an unusual graphic
depicting the performance of various industry groups as a function of
quarterly, monthly, and weekly movements against the S the television
page has never been accompanied by a weekly listings supplement with
broader scheduling information similar to those featured in local
newspapers. Like most national papers,
USA Today does not carry comic
USA Today is headquartered in Tysons Corner,
One of the staples of the News section is "Across the USA," a
state-by-state roundup of headlines. The summaries consist of
Associated Press reports highlighting one story of
note in each state, the
District of Columbia
District of Columbia , and one U.S. territory.
Similarly, the "For the Record" page of the Sports section (which
features sports scores for both the previous four days of league play
and individual non-league events, seasonal league statistics and
wagering lines for the current day's games) also features a rundown of
winning numbers from the previous deadline date for all participating
state lotteries and individual multi-state lotteries.
Some traditions have been retained, however. The lead story still
appears on the upper-right hand of the front page. Commentary and
political cartoons occupy the last few pages of the News section.
Stock and mutual fund data are presented in the Money section. But USA
Today is sufficiently different in aesthetics to be recognized on
sight, even in a mix of other newspapers, such as at a newsstand . The
overall design and layout of
USA Today has been described as
Also, in most of the sections' front pages, on the lower left hand
corner, are "
USA Today Snapshots", which give statistics of various
lifestyle interests according to the section it is in (for example, a
snapshot in "Life" could show how many people tend to watch a certain
genre of television show based upon the type of mood they are in at
the time). These "Snapshots" are shown through graphs which are made
up of various illustrations of objects that roughly pertain to the
graphs subject matter (using the example above, the graph's bars could
be made up of several TV sets, or ended by one). These are usually
loosely based on research by a national institute (with the credited
source mentioned in fine print in the box below the graph).
The newspaper also features an occasional magazine supplement called
Open Air, which launched on March 7, 2008 and appears several times a
year. Various other advertorials appear throughout the year, mainly on
The opinion section prints
USA Today editorials, columns by guest
writers and members of the Editorial Board of Contributors, letters
to the editor, and editorial cartoons. One unique feature of the USA
Today editorial page is the publication of opposing points of view;
alongside the editorial board's piece on the day's topic runs an
opposing view by a guest writer, often an expert in the field. The
opinion pieces featured in each edition are decided by the Board of
Contributors, which are separate from the paper's news staff.
As of 2010 , the editorial page editor was Brian Gallagher, who has
worked for the newspaper since its founding in 1982. Other members of
the Editorial Board included deputy editorial page editor Bill
Sternberg, executive forum editor John Siniff, op-ed/forum page editor
Glen Nishimura, operations editor Thuan Le Elston, letters editor
Michelle Poblete, web content editor Eileen Rivers, and editorial
writers Dan Carney, George Hager, and Saundra Torry. The newspaper's
website calls this group "demographically and ideologically diverse."
USA Today has traditionally maintained a policy not to endorse
candidates for the United States Presidency or any other state or
federal political office, which it has refrained from doing since its
inception. Since 1984 , its political editorials during the
Presidential election cycle has focused instead on providing opinion
on major issues relevant to the campaign based on the differing
concerns of voters, the vast amount of information on ongoing
Presidential campaigns, and the Board of Contributors' aim to provide
a fair viewpoint through the diverse political ideologies of its
members and avoid reader perceptions of bias. However, the board
re-evaluates its non-endorsement policy through an independent process
during each four-year election cycle, with any decision to circumvent
the policy based on a consensus vote in which fewer than two of the
editorial board's members dissent or hold differing opinions.
The editorial board broke from this stance for the first time on
September 29, 2016, when it published an op-ed piece condemning the
candidacy of Republican nominee
Donald Trump , calling him "unfit for
the presidency" due to his inflammatory campaign rhetoric
(particularly that aimed at military veterans, immigrants, and various
ethnic and religious groups); his temperament and lack of financial
transparency; his "checkered" business record; his use of false and
hyperbolic statements; the inconsistency of his viewpoints and issues
with his vision on domestic and foreign policy; and, based on comments
he has made during his campaign and criticisms by both Democrats and
Republicans on these views, the potential risks to national security
and constitutional ethics under a Trump administration, asking voters
to "resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue". The board noted
that the piece was not a "qualified endorsement" of Democratic nominee
Hillary Clinton , for whom the board was unable to reach a consensus
for endorsing (some editorial board members expressed that Clinton's
public service record would help her "serve the nation ably as its
president," while others had "serious reservations about sense of
entitlement, lack of candor and extreme carelessness in handling
classified information "), instead advising voters to decide whether
to vote for Clinton, Libertarian nominee
Gary Johnson , Green Party
Jill Stein or a write-in candidate; or focus on Senate, House
and other down-ballot political races.
In May 2012, Larry Kramer – a 40-year media industry veteran and
former president of
CBS Digital Media – was appointed president and
publisher of USA Today, replacing
David Hunke , who had been publisher
of the newspaper since 2009. Kramer was tasked with developing a new
strategy for the paper as it sought to increase revenue from its
In July 2012, Kramer hired David Callaway – whom the former had
hired as lead editor of
MarketWatch in 1999, two years after Kramer
founded the website during his tenure at
CBS News – as the paper's
editor-in-chief. Callaway had previously worked at Bloomberg covering
the banking, investment-banking and asset-management businesses
Europe and at the
Boston Herald , where he co-wrote a daily
financial column on "comings and goings in the Boston business
district". Conservative activist Peter Gemma has written more than
100 op-ed pieces for USA Today.
The current Editor-in-Chief is Patty Michalski.
* Bill Sternberg
* David Mastio – said libertarian pundit
John Stossel had a
conflict of interest
* Jill Lawrence – see
* Dan Carney
* Thuan Le Elston
* Josh Rivera
* Eileen Rivers
* Saundra Torry – active in the Reporters Committee for Freedom of
the Press since 2000
RELATED PUBLICATIONS AND SERVICES
USA WEEKEND is a defunct sister publication that launched in 1953 as
Family Weekly, a national weekend newsmagazine supplement intended for
the Sunday editions of various U.S. newspapers; it adopted its final
title following Gannett's purchase of the magazine in 1985. The
magazine – which was distributed to approximately 800 newspapers
nationwide at its peak with most Gannett-owned local newspapers
carrying it by default within their Sunday editions – focused
primarily on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel.
On December 5, 2014, Gannett announced that it would cease publishing
USA Weekend after the December 26–28 edition, citing increasing
operational costs and reduced advertising revenue, with most of its
participating newspapers choosing to replace it with competing Sunday
magazine Parade .
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY
USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY is a weekly magazine that covers news and
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball , minor league and NCAA
National Football League
National Football League (NFL) and
NASCAR . It was first
published on April 5, 1991 as
USA Today Baseball Weekly, a tabloid
-sized baseball-focused publication released on Wednesdays, on a
weekly basis during the baseball season and bi-weekly during the
off-season; the magazine expanded its sports coverage on September 4,
2002, when it adopted its current title after added stories about the
Sports Weekly added coverage of
NASCAR on February 15, 2006,
lasting only during that year's race season; and added coverage of
NCAA college football on August 8, 2007. The editorial operations of
Sports Weekly originally operated autonomously from USA Today, before
being integrated with the newspaper's sports department in late 2005.
THE BIG LEAD
The Big Lead
THE BIG LEAD is a sports blog operated by
USA Today that was launched
in February 2006 by original owner Fantasy Sports Ventures (co-founded
by Jason McIntyre and David Lessa), which was purchased by the Gannett
Company – which, beginning in April 2008, had maintained a strategic
content and marketing partnership with the former company – in
January 2012. The site – which is usually updated on a routine
basis of 10 to 15 times per day between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Eastern Time – mainly covers sports, but also provides news and
commentary on other news topics, ranging from politics to pop culture
USA TODAY: THE TELEVISION SHOW
In 1987, Gannett and producer
Grant Tinker began developing a
newsmagazine series for first-run syndication that attempted to bring
the breezy style of
USA Today to television. The result was USA
Today: The Television Show (later retitled
USA Today on TV, then
shortened to simply USA Today), which premiered on September 12, 1988.
Correspondents on the program included Edie Magnus,
Robin Young ,
Boyd Matson , Kenneth Walker, Dale Harimoto, Ann Abernathy, Bill
Macatee and Beth Ruyak. As with the newspaper itself, the show was
divided into four "sections" corresponding to the different parts of
the paper: News (focusing on the major headlines of the day), Money
(focusing on financial news and consumer reports), Sports (focusing on
sports news and scores) and Life (focusing on entertainment and
The series was plagued by low ratings and negative reviews from
critics throughout its run. The program also suffered from being
scheduled in undesirable timeslots in certain markets; this was a
particular case in
New York City
New York City , the country's largest media market
CBS owned-and-operated station
WCBS-TV (channel 2) aired the
program in a pre-dawn early morning slot, before the program moved to
NBC O the final edition aired on January 7, 1990.
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
VRtually There is a weekly virtual reality news program produced by
USA Today Network, which debuted on October 20, 2016. The program,
which is available on the
USA Today mobile app and on
maintains content exclusivity through the program's dedicated channel
for 60 days after each broadcast), showcases three original segments
outlining news stories through a first-person perspective, recorded
and produced by journalists from
USA Today and its co-owned local
newspapers. The program also incorporates "cubemercials," long-form
advertisements created by Gannett's in-house creative studio GET
Creative, which are designed to allow consumer engagenent in fully
immersive experiences through virtual reality.
USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award – First
presented in 1988, this annual award has been given to a particular
Minor League Baseball player judged to have had the most outstanding
season by a thirteen-person panel of baseball experts.
USA Today All-USA high school baseball team – First presented in
1998, the award honors between nine and eleven outstanding baseball
players from high schools around the United States to be part on the
team (separate awards honoring the High School Baseball Player of the
Year and High School Baseball Coach of the Year have been given since
USA Today All-USA high school basketball team – First presented
in 1983, the award honors outstanding male and female basketball
players from high schools around the United States with a place on the
team, with one member of each team being named as the High School
Basketball Player of the Year as well as coaches from a select boys'
and girls' team as the High School Basketball Coach of the Year.
USA Today All-Joe Team (NFL) – First presented in 1992 in
Kansas City Chiefs veteran defensive lineman
Joe Phillips ,
the award honors 52 rookie players from throughout the NFL for their
exemplary performance during the previous league season.
* USA Today/National Prep Poll High School Football National
Championship – Predating the first publication of
USA Today under
the sole decision of the National Prep Poll, it is a national
championship honor awarded to the best high school football team(s) in
the United States based on rankings decided by USA Today's sports
USA Today All-USA high school football team – First presented in
1982, the award honors outstanding football players from high schools
around the United States (includes ranks for the Super 25 teams in the
U.S. and Top 10 teams in the East, South, Midwest and West, and USA
Today High School Football Player of the Year ).
USA Today High School Football Coach of the Year – First
presented in 1982, the award awards a coach from one of the teams
selected for the All-USA football team for the honor.
IN POPULAR CULTURE
The futuristic Logo used in
Back to the Future Part II
A futuristic 2015 edition of
USA Today (Hill Valley edition) is seen
Back to the Future Part II (1989). As a tribute to the movie, the
newspaper ran a recreation of the front page, featuring the exact
headlines portrayed in the movie, on October 22, 2015, the exact date
of the edition that the protagonist Marty McFly read in the movie (the
character, played by
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox , travels to October 21, 2015, and
reads the following day's edition of the paper.
Super Bowl Ad Meter
* Journalism portal
* ^ A B C "About USA TODAY". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved
October 24, 2016.
* ^ A B "usatoday.com Staff Index". Retrieved Dec 18, 2016.
* ^ "Tysons Corner CDP, Virginia".
United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau .
Retrieved May 7, 2009.
* ^ "USA Today: Press Room : Press Kit". USA Today. Gannett Company
. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
* ^ A B Mario R. García (September 9, 2012). "USA TODAY turns 30:
Part 1". García Media.
* ^ "
USA Today Marketing Information". USA Today. Gannett Company.
Retrieved September 16, 2016.
* ^ "FAS-FAX Report" (PDF).
Alliance for Audited Media . March 31,
2015. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
* ^ Michael Liedtke (October 1991). "The
Oakland Tribune Rides
American Journalism Review . Retrieved October 27, 2013.
* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P "USA TODAY Media Kit :: Press
Room :: Press Kit :: Timeline". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved
February 6, 2013.
* ^ A B John K. Hartman (September 12, 2012). "
USA Today Is Turning
30, in Danger of \'Marking 30\'".
Editor and Publisher .
* ^ A B Mario R. García (September 10, 2012). "USA TODAY turns
30-Part 2—-A newspaper that influenced all of us". García Media.
* ^ "Driving Real-World Enterprise ">(PDF). Mashery. Retrieved
February 7, 2013.
* ^ "More about that
USA Today design update". CharlesApple.com.
American Copy Editors Society. January 25, 2011. Retrieved December
* ^ "Notice anything different about today\'s USA Today?".
CharlesApple.com. American Copy Editors Society. January 24, 2011.
* ^ Emily Gosling (September 17, 2012). "
Wolff Olins creates new
USA Today branding". DesignWeek. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
* ^ A B Keach Hagey (September 13, 2012). "
USA Today Redesigns
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal .
News Corporation .
Retrieved September 13, 2012.
* ^ Mario R. García (September 14, 2012). "USA TODAY turns 30-Part
5-Its First Major Visual Redesign". García Media.
* ^ "Case Study: Gannett\'s monumental task – A content
management system for all".
The Poynter Institute . July
7, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
* ^ Mario R. García (September 17, 2012). "It\'s a new website
rethink for USA TODAY, too". García Media.
* ^ "Gannett to distribute USA TODAY edition to 35 papers". USA
Today. Gannett Company. December 11, 2013.
* ^ David Cay Johnston (December 11, 2013). "Placing a bet on USA
Columbia Journalism Review
Columbia Journalism Review .
* ^ "Gannett to distribute USA TODAY edition to 35 papers". USA
Today. Gannett Company. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 13,
* ^ "
USA Today Cuts 70 Employees From Newsroom and Business Staff".
The New York Times
The New York Times .
The New York Times
The New York Times Company . September 3, 2014.
Retrieved September 4, 2014.
* ^ "OpenWager and USA TODAY Partner to Launch New Bingo App".
BingoReviewer. October 2, 2014.
* ^ "Gannett Unites Largest Local to National Media Network under
\'USA TODAY NETWORK\'".
Gannett Company (Press release). December 3,
2015. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
* ^ Roger Yu (December 4, 2015). "Gannett introduces USA TODAY
NETWORK, uniting local, national properties". USA Today. Gannett
Company. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
* ^ Rick Edmonds (December 3, 2015). "Gannett rebrands its local
papers as USA TODAY Network". Poynter.org. The Poynter Institute.
Retrieved August 24, 2016.
* ^ Mario R. García (September 12, 2012). "USA TODAY turns 30-Part
4-The first newspaper to do that tango of the serious and the silly".
* ^ "Gannett Stations Clean Up Their Graphics". TVNewsCheck.
NewsCheck Media. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
* ^ "Reefer, noun 3". Dictionary.com.
* ^ Mario R. García (September 11, 2012). "USA TODAY turns 30-Part
3—A weather map that created a global tsunami". García Media.
* ^ "
AccuWeather Announces New Partnership With USA Today".
AccuWeather (Press release). AccuWeather, Inc. September 17, 2012.
* ^ "
AccuWeather Chosen by USA TODAY to
Help Deliver the News of
AccuWeather (Press release). AccuWeather, Inc. September
* ^ "
The Weather Channel is Named Premier Weather Provider for USA
TODAY" (Press release).
The Weather Channel /Landmark Communications .
January 14, 2002 – via
PR Newswire .
* ^ Jason Samenow (November 15, 2012). "
The Washington Post
The Washington Post . The Washington Post
Company . Retrieved October 24, 2016.
* ^ Laura Nichols (November 19, 2012). "
AccuWeather Commemorates 50
Years With Year-Long Celebration". The State College . Retrieved
October 24, 2016.
* ^ Kevin G. Barnhurst (2006). "After Modernism". American Media in
the XX Century: Chapter 1 (part 5). University of Illinois at Chicago.
Retrieved May 3, 2007. The mélange of styles and practices in printed
and now web-based newspapers, although postmodern in terms of
scholarly and design thinking, might more meaningfully be understood
as neo-Victorian. The new styles, embodied most famously in USA Today
and its clones, mark a return to the mystifying abundance of facts and
stories that newspapers of the industrial revolution made visually
present to readers.
* ^ "USA Today\'s Opinion columnists". USA Today. Gannett Company.
August 29, 2011.
* ^ A B "About
USA Today Editorials/Debate". USA Today. Gannett
Company. April 6, 2010.
* ^ "USA Today\'s Editorial Board". USA Today. Gannett Company.
April 6, 2010.
* ^ "Why we\'re breaking tradition: Our view". USA Today. Gannett
Company. September 29, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
* ^ "USA TODAY\'s Editorial Board: Trump is \'unfit for the
presidency\'". USA Today. Gannett Company. September 29, 2016.
Retrieved October 24, 2016.
* ^ Erik Wemple (September 30, 2016). "
USA Today maroons readers
with un-endorsement of Donald Trump". The Washington Post. Retrieved
October 24, 2016.
* ^ Emily Schultheis (September 29, 2016). "
USA Today breaks
CBS News .
CBS Interactive . Retrieved
October 24, 2016.
* ^ Melanie Mason (September 29, 2016). "\'Don\'t vote for Trump,\'
USA Today in first presidential endorsement in its history". Los
Angeles Times .
Tronc . Retrieved October 24, 2016.
* ^ "USA TODAY publisher to retire in September". USA Today.
Gannett Company. April 10, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
* ^ "Larry Kramer Named Publisher of USA Today". The Huffington
AOL . May 15, 2012.
* ^ David B. Wilkerson (July 10, 2012). "Callaway to become top USA
MarketWatch . Retrieved July 10, 2012.
* ^ "About Peter B. Gemma". peterbgemma.com. Retrieved May 20,
* ^ A B "Gannett Gets Family Weekly".
The New York Times
The New York Times . The New
York Times Company . February 22, 1985. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
* ^ "Gannett folds
USA Weekend Magazine". Portada . December 7,
2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
* ^ Stuart Elliott (December 11, 2014). "Consolidation Coming in
The New York Times
The New York Times .
The New York Times
The New York Times Company .
Retrieved December 28, 2014.
* ^ David Brauer (August 19, 2009). "Star Tribune plans to dump USA
Weekend, pick up Parade".
MinnPost . Retrieved December 28, 2014.
* ^ Jordan Chariton (December 5, 2014). "
USA Today Shuttering USA
The Wrap .
The Wrap Media, LLC. Retrieved December
* ^ Emma Bazilian (December 5, 2014). "
USA Today Shutters Weekend
USA Weekend was the country\'s second-largest news mag".
Prometheus Global Media
Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved December 28, 2014.
* ^ "Gannett Buys Big Lead Sports Owner Fantasy Sports Ventures".
AllThingsD . January 24, 2012.
* ^ Bryan Armen Graham (December 11, 2009). "Best of the Decade:
Movies, TV Shows, Books, Blogs".
Sports Illustrated .
* ^ "And Now, Folks... Here\'s Tomorrow\'s News New Show, New
Concept – A Newspaper on TV".
The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe . The New York Times
Company . December 15, 1987. Retrieved September 14, 2012 – via
HighBeam Research .
* ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUo3Feeno2Q
* ^ "Now, Here\'s the Good News...;USA Today\'s TV Spinoff,
Focusing on \'the Journalism of Hope\'". The Washington Post. The
Washington Post Company. September 12, 1988. Retrieved September 14,
2012 – via HighBeam Research.
* ^ "\'
USA Today on TV\' Remains a Secret in NYC". Albany Times
Union . August 21, 1988. Retrieved September 15, 2012 – via HighBeam
* ^ Christopher Michaud (September 12, 1988). "TV's USA Today
served to viewers as a 'side dish' to network news".
Toronto Star .
Torstar Corporation . Reuters. p. C6.
* ^ "\'
USA Today on TV\' Axed; Low Ratings Lead Gannett, Tinker to
Cancel". The Washington Post.
The Washington Post
The Washington Post Company. November
23, 1989. Retrieved September 14, 2012 – via HighBeam Research.
* ^ "USA TODAY NETWORK Releases Its First Branded VR News Show
\'VRtually There\'". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 20, 2016.
Retrieved October 24, 2016.
* ^ "Baseball: Players and Coaches of the Year (1989–1998)". USA
Today. Gannett Company. March 8, 1999. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
* ^ A B C "Super 25 and All-USA archive". USA Today. Gannett
Company. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
* ^ "Basketball: Boys\' players and coaches of year (1982–2006)".
USA Today. Gannett Company. June 20, 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
* ^ "Basketball: Girls\' players and coaches of year
(1982–2006)". USA Today. Gannett Company. January 17, 2007.
Retrieved October 23, 2011.
* ^ Nate Davis (January 26, 2011). "All-Joe Team: The unheralded
prime performers from NFL \'10". USA Today. Gannett Company.
* ^ "
USA Today All-USA teams 1982–2001". USA Today. Gannett
Company. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
* ^ "Recent All-USA teams". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved
October 23, 2011.
* ^ "Football: Players and Coaches of the Year (1982–2005)". USA
Today. Gannett Company. June 26, 2006. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
* ^ "Super 25 and All-USA archive". USA Today. Gannett Company.
Retrieved October 24, 2011.
* ^ Lindsay Deutsch (October 22, 2015). "Fans race to get \'Back to
the Future\' paper". USA Today. Gannett Company.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to USA TODAY .
* Official website