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I have heard foreigners say we have a lot of newspapers in the UK.  We have (I've probably missed some):

Broadsheets from left to right, politically:
'i' (Independent's spin-off little brother)

Upmarket Tabloids:
Daily Mail
Daily Express

Daily Star

Then specialist newspapers such as the Financial Times, newspapers for religions and ethnic groups, and of course many many many regional newspapers, with some regions having more than one (my parents get three regional papers delivered, for example).

There can be a lot of assumptions about the type of person who reads each paper.  "Guardian readers" is used to mean "Woolly left-wing liberals" in some circles for instance (a label us Guardian readers are perfectly happy with in general :)), and the Telegraph is nicknamed the Torygraph regarding its alignment with that political party.

How does the print media work in other countries?

Barney girl:
Could I also ask the question whether they have much foreign news? I was surprised in Canada that the papers I looked at had at most two pages of news from the rest of the world. I may just have been unlucky in my choices.

Around here the options are the newspaper out of the city, which is the capital, but not a huge metropolis.  World news is typical of your experience in that one.  That's what most people get if they get a paper.  You can find papers from the two major cities as well, with maybe a bit more international news.  USA Today is available in some places.  That's a national paper and I'm not very familiar with it.  There are small local papers, too.  There is no international news - it's all local small town stuff.  You can get special papers like the Wall Street Journal here too, but you'll have to go to a bookstore to find them. 

There's really no such thing as rival papers or "types" of people who read certain ones.  Like I said, most people who get a daily paper or refer to "the paper" mean our bigger city paper or the small town local.

Sometimes I think Europeans forget how large the US is.  The distance between New York City and Los Angeles is about 2800 miles (4500 km).  (For comparison, London to Paris is about 210 km, or 130 miles.)

There is no "national newspaper".  The delivery time is too great.  Sure, you can get the New York Times in Los Angeles, but even if its shipped by air it take at least 12 hours to get there.   

Glaceon is right.  In most cities you can get one local daily paper.  In smaller cities you can generally also get the paper from the big city 200-300 miles (320-480 km) away.  Newspapers aren't separated by political view, they are separated by geography. 

I know of two exceptions to the above - the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.  As far as I can tell both are printed in many cities for prompt delivery nation wide.  The Wall Street Journal only covers financial news.  USA today tries to be a national newspaper, so it doesn't cover any area of the US very well. 

There are several national weekly news magazines, but they aren't distributed like newspapers.  They are sold in book stores or you can subscribe and have your issue mailed to your home. 

In Australia we also have regional papers. Each capital city has their own and the Melbourne and Sydney papers are generally avaliable around the country (though they would be getting old by the time they get to Perth!) There is one national newpaper I can think of and I suspect it is printed in many locations to be distrubted on time.

Many of the papers are owned by the same company though so share stories and all their websites are linked. The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age and The Canberra Times for example.

I worked at a newagency in Canberra for a while and in winter if it was foggy the Melbourne papers would be really late because they were flown in and the plane couldn't land. Sydney papers came by truck so fog wasn't an issue with them.


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