Top 10 Daily Newspapers In Florida by Circulation

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Ah the sunshine state. Florida is the third most populous state and the fourth largest economy in the United States.

Florida is famous for its endless beaches, Hispanic, Latin American and Caribbean communities and retirees, who choose to live out their golden years under the glistening sun.

Miami is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world and one of the main centers of pop culture and entertainment in the country. Daytona Beach is the venue for some of the most renowned motorsport events in the country and the world, while the Kennedy Space Center is the primary location for launching humans into space from American soil.

Florida is also home to some of the country’s biggest media and printed publications. If you want to get known around the state, the newspapers below will provide you access to the enormous audiences in the biggest cities and metropolitan areas around Florida. The biggest newspapers are owned by the Gannett corporation, the McClatchy Company and the Tribune Publishing Company.

  1. Miami Herald

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        • Serves: Miami, South Florida
        • Publishes on: Daily
        • Print circulation: 118,193 Daily (2016 – Cision)
        • Monthly web visits: 10.35M
        • Founded in: 1903
        • Current owner: The McClatchy Company
        • Executive Editor: Monica Richardson – mrichardson@miamiherald.com

    Miami Herald is one of, if not THE biggest newspaper in Florida. The newspaper publishes nearly 90 pages on its daily editions and 210 pages on Sundays, covering absolutely everything that happens in Miami – from sports to tourism, entertainment, lifestyle, real estate, business and current events. Miami Herald serves more than 5.5 million people in the greater Miami area and even more in the entire South Florida region.

    The newspaper has won 22 Pulitzer Prizes since 1951, the latest one being in 2017, where it won twice – for Editorial Cartooning by Jim Morin and for Explanatory Reporting, producing a series of stories on the Panama Papers scandal, managing a global collaboration of more than 300 journalists from 6 continents.

    The web portal at http://www.miamiherald.com receives more than 10 million unique visitors every month and is the leading website for news and information in the entire state of Florida.

    Miami Herald is host of the Silver Knight Awards – one of the most respected student awards programs in the country.

  2. El Nuevo Herald

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          • Serves: Hispanic audiences in South Florida, Latin America and the Carribean
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 42,069 Daily. 59,617 Sunday (2016)
          • Monthly web visits: 2.55M
          • Founded in: 1976
          • Current owner: The McClatchy Company
          • Executive editor: Monica R. Richardson – mrichardson@miamiherald.com

    El Nuevo Herald is the most influential newspaper for Hispanic in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s the biggest Sunday newspaper in Spanish and second biggest with its daily editions.

    The publication was established as part of Miami Herald in 1976. In 1987 it expanded and separated into a standalone media, while still keeping its ties with its parent newspaper.

    It distributes mainly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties, but sees readership internationally, reaching more than 300,000 people weekly with it’s print publications and millions every month on https://www.elnuevoherald.com/

  3. Tampa Bay Times

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          • Serves: St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 166,995 Daily (2016 Cision)
          • Monthly web visits: 6.98M
          • Founded in: 1884
          • Current owner: Times Publishing Company
          • Executive Editor: Mark Katches – mkatches@tampabay.com

    Up until 2012, the newspaper was called St. Petersburg Times and is one of the oldest in the state. Nine years ago, the paper changed names to reflect its broader reach within the Tampa Bay region.

    The newspaper has one of the highest readerships in the state, covering everything from news, life, culture, entertainment, business and politics in Tampa Bay, Florida, the nation and even the world.

    In 2016, the newspaper acquired its longtime competitor The Tampa Tribune, which at the time had a circulation of more than 104,000 copies every day.

    Tampa Bay Times has won a total of 12 Pulitzer Prizes throughout its history, the latest being in 2019 for Investigative Reporting by Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi. The newspaper maintains a free daily tabloid – tbt – focused on life and culture topics around the bay area.

    The newspaper also publishes online at http://www.tampabay.com

  4. Sun Sentinel

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          • Serves: Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 163,728 Daily, 228,906 Sunday
          • Monthly web visits: 6.29M
          • Founded in: 1910
          • Current owner: Tribune Publishing Company
          • Editor in chief: Julie Anderson – janderson@sun-sentinel.com

    The Sun Sentinel is the main newspaper of Fort Lauderdale. Even though it has considerable penetration within South Florida, The Sun Sentinel maintains a great focus on local issues and community stories.

    The publication holds annual awards for businesses and leaders in the local economy like Top Workplaces for People on the Move, Excalibur Award and others.

    The Sun Sentinel has won two Pulitzer Prizes – in 2013 and 2019 for Public Service Journalism.

    Visit the online version at http://www.sun-sentinel.com

  5. Orlando Sentinel

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          • Serves: Orlando, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 114,225 Daily (2016 – Cision)
          • Monthly web visits: 5.92M
          • Founded in: 1876
          • Current owner: Tribune Publishing Company
          • Editor in chief: Julie Anderson – janderson@sun-sentinel.com

    Orlando Sentinel is the main newspaper in Orlando and rounds up the notable media owned by Tribune Publishing in Florida. The publication is an important source of local information and community issues in Central Florida.

    It’s one of the oldest printed publications in the state and has held a long list of names in the past. It won three Pulitzer Prizes – in 1988 for Editorial Writing by Jane Healy, in 1993 for Investigative Reporting by Jeff Brazil and in 2000 for Editorial writing by John C. Bersia.

    For most of the 20th century, the paper has supported the Republican. Since 2004, Orlando Sentinel has endorsed Democrat president candidates. In 2019, it denounced Donald Trump during the start of his re-election campaign in Orlando, for “the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.”

    You can access the Orlando Sentinel online by visiting http://www.orlandosentinel.com/.

  6. The Palm Beach Post

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          • Serves: Palm Beach County, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 45,478 Daily (2019), 89,397 Sunday (2018)
          • Monthly web visits: 2.66M
          • Founded in: 1916
          • Current owner: Gannett
          • Executive Editor: Rick Christie – rchristie@pbpost.com

    The Palm Beach Post serves the city of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties, as well as the Treasure Coast in Florida.

    Industry recession forced the newspaper to stop it’s presses at their West Palm Beach headquarters in 2008, moving production to the Sun Sentinel facilities at Fort Lauderdale. In 2018, Gannett acquired the newspaper, along with its sister publication Palm Beach Daily News. After the purchase, the Palm Beach Post re-launched its website under the Gannett content management system.

    Both the printed newspaper and its digital version at https://www.palmbeachpost.com/ remain important sources of information and local news about southeastern Florida.

  7. The Florida Times-Union

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          • Serves: Jacksonville, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 45,000 Daily, 70,000 Sunday (2017)
          • Monthly web visits: 1.90M
          • Founded in: 1864
          • Current owner: Gannett
          • Editor: Mary Kelli Palka – mpalka@jacksonville.com

    The Times-Union is the first newspaper to be established in Florida. Established during the civil war, the paper has been instrumental in serving timely news and information to Jacksonville residents and the entire Duval county.

    Gannett acquired the newspaper in October 2017. A few months later, after printing continuously for 154 years in its facilities in Jacksonville, the Times-Union turned on the presses for the last time on February 11, 2018. The paper’s production was transferred to Gannett’s other facilities at Gainesville and Daytona Beach. The following year, the paper moved its headquarters to 1 Independent Drive, Jacksonville.

    The Florida Times-Union remains highly the authoritative media on all things that happen in and around Jacksonville. Printed editions reach, more than 300,000 people each week and the website at http://jacksonville.comreceives nearly 2 million unique visitors online.

  8. Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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          • Serves: Sarasota, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 53,470 Daily, 67,618 Sunday
          • Monthly web visits: 1.27M
          • Founded in: 1925
          • Current owner: Gannett
          • Executive editor: Matthew Sauer

    Herald-Tribune serves the residents of Sarasota county and is highly regarded as an authoritative media in Florida.

    The newspaper holds two Pulitzer Prizes for Investigative Reporting – in 2011 by Paige St. John for revealing the appalling conditions in Florida’s mental health hospitals, and in 2016 by Michael Braga for discovering the racial bias of Florida judges, who gave harsher punishments to people of color. The later also won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2017.

    Online the newspaper publishes on http://www.heraldtribune.com

  9. Daytona Beach News-Journal

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          • Serves: Daytona Beach, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 52,414 Daily (2016 – Cision)
          • Monthly web visits: 1.12M
          • Founded in: 1883
          • Current owner: Gannett
          • Editor: Pat Rice – pat.rice@news-jrnl.com

    Daytona Beach News-Journal distributes in Volusia and Flagler Counties and serves nearly 600,000 residents. It was established in 1883 with support of the early settlers in the area, who acknowledged the need for a media to inform them on current local and national matters.

    Of course, being based right next to the infamous Daytona Beach and Daytona International Speedway, it covers motorsports, leisure and tourism in depth, as well as other local business and political news.

    Visit the website at https://www.news-journalonline.com/

  10. Naples Daily News

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          • Serves: Naples, Collier County, Florida
          • Publishes on: Daily
          • Print circulation: 40,000 (estimate)
          • Monthly web visits: 1.01M
          • Founded in: 1923
          • Current owner: Gannett
          • Editor: Maryann Batlle – maryann.batlle@naplesnews.com

    Naples Daily News is the main newspaper of the city of Naples and the broader Collier County. It’s coverage has expanded over the years to Lee County and parts of Charlotte County.

    Since Gannett’s acquisition, the production has been outsourced to Sasarota, though the local focus remains.

    Visit Naples Daily News online at https://www.naplesnews.com. Also check out Collier Citizen at https://www.naplesnews.com/community/collier-citizen/.

More Newspapers in Florida

Though we covered the largest daily newspapers in the state, we have barely scratched the surface on Florida’s printed media.  The Florida Press Association is home to 160 media members, which you can explore in this neat interactive map.