How Many Stories Do Newspapers Publish Per Day? – The Atlantic
That may not sound as large a numberâbut it still stacks up when compared to its peers.
Letâs start with The New York Times. âNYTimes.com publishes roughly 150 articles a day (Monday-Saturday), 250 articles on Sunday and 65 blog posts per day,â said Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for the Times, in an email. âIt publishes 330 basic graphics a month, and about 120 items a month published in the interactive template, which includes multimedia, interactive graphics and larger static graphics.â That comes to about 15 pieces of multimedia content per day.
Taken together, the Times publishes about 230 pieces of contentâstories, graphics, interactives, and blog postsâdaily. This number has risen by more than 35 percent this decade. In 2010, the paper published about 170 pieces per day: about 150 on weekdays and about 300 on Sunday.
This growth in online story count hasnât changed the amount of news that makes it into the paper. âThe best measure for print is the total space devoted to news coverage, which has remained the same in the print Times since 2010,â Rhoades Ha told me.
But that Times count doesnât include wire stories, as the Postâs does. The Times says it publishes several hundred stories from the Associated Press or other wire services online every day, but almost all of them expire and go offline after a few weeks. The number of wire stories that make it to the print paperâabout 13 per dayâhasnât changed significantly since 2010.
At The Wall Street Journal, the set-up is different. Because the Journalâs online content more closely mirrors what makes it into the paper, it publishes only about 240 stories per day. Thatâs both online and in print. About seven wire stories per day make it into the paper.
At the Journal, the number of stories per day has fallen more significantly than at other venues. Five years ago, the paper published about 325 stories per day.
But how do these more august outlets compare to something newerâlike BuzzFeed, for instance? A spokeswoman told me that BuzzFeed published 6,365 stories in April and 319 videosâor about 222 pieces of content per day.
That number is quickly rising. She sent me an April-to-April comparison:
In April of 2016, we published 6,365 posts on Buzzfeed.com and uploaded 319 videos.
In April of 2015 (one year ago), we published 5,271 posts and uploaded 205 videos.
In April of 2012 (four years ago), we published 914 posts and uploaded 10 videos.
The videos mentioned in that count are usually shown on BuzzFeed.com, uploaded to YouTube, and displayed on Facebook.
The New York Times employs about 1,300 employees in editorial positions. As of 2014, the Journal counts about 1,800 (though that figure includes Dow Jones wire staff). The Washington Post has more than 700 editorial staff. BuzzFeed has more than 460.