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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is a national daily newspaper based in McLean, Va., and owned by the media company Gannett.

USA Today is America’s largest newspaper by circulation, with as of 2014, many of those in Gannett’s other newspapers and others . Its was 1.1 million in 2013, and its  was just more than 600,000 in 2012.

USA Today faced in 2009 and 2010, due largely to declines in travel. In response to the declines in circulation and advertising revenue USA Today announced it would redesign its front page in 2011 and . In 2013, USA Today from about 1.6 million to 2.9 million by adding it as an insert in other Gannett newspapers.

The paper’s had a in 2014.

The newspaper was founded in 1982 as the United States’ first general-interest national newspaper. It was set apart by its colorful, television-inspired design and short, simple writing style,  but eventually adopted by many smaller newspapers.

USA Today occasionally has been recognized for its in-depth and investigative reporting, such as its  about federal collections of domestic phone records.

Beginning in 2014, USA Today for Gannett’s other newspapers. It also  around the same time.

In recent years, USA Today has made significant moves toward incorporating social media. In 2007, it redesigned its website to include article voting and user profile pages, changes that were . It was one of the in using the social media site Pinterest.

USA Today , with the website’s interface modeled after the scrolling interface of the iPad and other tablets. The web redesign was designed in part around for multimedia ads. The paper was in Gannett’s company-wide paywall, and its publisher has said to charge for content online. In the midst of that redesign effort, the paper , former head of CBS Digital and founder of MarketWatch.com, as publisher, who introduced a . Kramer said in 2013 the paper was .

In 2012, USA Today’s Sports Media Group Quickish and launched its own sports aggregation service called Q the following year. USA Today also  to launch the sports opinion site in July 2012. It the social news-oriented sports site in April 2013.

The newspaper has also partnered with the and the , and its was the device’s  soon after the iPad was launched. The iPad app was in November 2012.

USA Today is one of four major news organizations to offer an open API, which allows third-party software developers to create applications that use the newspaper’s content. In 2011, it began licensing its content (for a fee) to commercial developers as well as noncommercial ones.

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