The rise of digital media has rocked the American newspaper, with dwindling subscriptions and shrinking ad revenue a constant concern for the industry. Ironically, the speed of the modern news cycle and the endless supply of important stories make investigative journalism more important than ever.
We can’t expect good reporting without paying for it. Subscribing to a newspaper supports the news media and helps you stay informed. Some of the biggest newspapers in the country are offering affordable subscription deals. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Washington Post
Founded in 1877, The Washington Post has more than 50 Pulitzer prizes to its name. It is perhaps best known for breaking the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Basic digital subscription: Provides unlimited access to washingtonpost.com and all mobile apps. $10/four weeks or $100/year (marked down from $130). Premium digital subscription: A basic digital subscription, plus a subscription to share with a friend and unlimited downloads of books written by WaPo journalists. $15/four weeks or $150/year (marked down from $195). Sunday print subscription: A premium digital subscription, plus home delivery of the Sunday paper. 89 cents/week for the first 12 weeks, then $2.65/week, OR $49/year (marked down from $138). Daily print subscription: A premium digital subscription, plus home delivery of the daily paper. $2.49/week for the first 12 weeks, then $12.25/week, OR $129/year (marked down from $637).
For just $1, active teachers, college students, faculty and staff can try a digital subscription for four weeks. After that, the academic rate is 50% off. Members of the military or government get free access with a valid .mil or .gov email address.
Print subscriptions are only available in the Washington, D.C., area. (Life in D.C. can get expensive. Check out these tips on how to save on rent in the Washington area.)
The New York Times
One of the most influential newspapers in the United States, if not the world. It was founded in 1851 and delivers breaking news stories and cultural commentary.
Basic digital subscription: Provides unlimited access to nytimes.com and all mobile apps. $2/week for one year (marked down from $3.75). All access subscription: A basic digital subscription, plus the NYT Crossword, NYT Cooking, access to new programming and a subscription to share with a friend. $3.13/week for one year (marked down from $6.25). Print subscription: The premium digital subscription, plus home delivery. You can get the NYT delivered daily, on weekdays only, three times a week or Sunday only. Prices vary depending on your area of the country.
Educators and students get special rates on digital and print subscriptions. You can find academic rates on the New York Times website.
Home delivery is available in most major markets across the U.S.
The Wall Street Journal
Headquartered in New York, The Wall Street Journal focuses on national headlines and business news. It is one of the most popular papers in the country.
Digital subscription: Provides unlimited access to WSJ.com, mobile apps and podcasts. $12 for 12 weeks OR $19.50/month for six- and 12-month subscriptions (marked down 50%). Print subscription: Digital subscription plus six-day home delivery. $12 for 12 weeks OR $21.50/month for six- and 12-month subscriptions (marked down 50%).Print and digital subscription: Everything you get with the digital and print subscriptions, plus the tablet app. $12 for 12 weeks OR $22.50/month for six- and 12-month subscriptions (marked down 50%).
Students can get the digital subscription at $4/month or the print and digital subscription at $10/month.
The Wall Street Journal provides home delivery to most major U.S. markets.
Founded in 1982, USA Today is the youngest paper on this list, but it often sits atop annual circulation lists. It reaches more than 2 million print readers daily, and is delivered across the U.S. and in select global locations.
Digital subscription: Provides an exact digital replica of USA Today. $9.99/month.Print and digital subscription: Digital subscription plus Monday through Friday print delivery. $9.99/month for the first six months.
Home delivery is widely available, but there are exceptions.
The LA Times has the fourth-largest circulation in the U.S., and is the most popular newspaper not on the East Coast.
Digital subscription: Unlimited access to latimes.com and mobile apps. 99 cents for four weeks, then $1.99/week (marked down 71%). Sunday print subscription: Digital subscription, plus Sunday home delivery. 99 cents for four weeks, then $2.49/week (marked down 37%). Daily print subscription: Digital subscription and daily home delivery. $4.99/week (marked down 66%).
The LA Times delivers in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
The Chicago Tribune is the most-read paper in the Chicago and Great Lakes region.
Digital subscription: Unlimited access to chicagotribune.com and mobile apps. 99 cents for four weeks, then $1.99/week (marked down 71%). Sunday print subscription: Digital subscription, plus Sunday home delivery. 99 cents for four weeks, then $2.49/week (marked down 37%). Daily print subscription: Digital subscription and daily home delivery. $2.99/week for 26 weeks.
The Chicago Tribune only delivers print subscriptions regionally.
Newspapers regularly run specials that expire monthly, weekly or daily. Check their websites for deals. If you’re looking for news specific to your area, you may want to look at regional papers that provide local coverage.
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