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|Owner||Gannett Company, Inc. Events 475 - Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. Broadsheet is the largest of the various Newspaper formats and is characterized by long vertical pages (typically 22 inches or more Gannett Company Inc ( is a publicly-traded media Holding company based in the United States.|
|Editor||Ken Paulson, Editor|
John Hillkirk, Executive Editor
Brian Gallagher, Editorial Page Editor
|Founded||September 15, 1982|
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No weekend editions available. Ken Paulson is the Editor in chief of USA Today. Events 668 - Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse Italy. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been
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USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. McLean (pronounced "mick-CLANE") is an Unincorporated community located in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state The United States of America —commonly referred to as the This is a list of the daily Newspapers in the World by average circulation USA WEEKEND Magazine is a national publication distributed through more than 600 newspapers in the United States USA Today Sports Weekly is a weekly magazine that covers Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, NCAA baseball and An International Standard Serial Number ( ISSN) is a unique eight-digit number used to identify a print or electronic Periodical publication. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. Gannett Company Inc ( is a publicly-traded media Holding company based in the United States. It was founded by Allen 'Al' Neuharth. Allen H Neuharth (born March 22, 1924, Eureka South Dakota) is an American businessman author and columnist The paper has the widest circulation of any newspaper in the United States (averaging over 2. A Newspaper 's circulation is the number of copies it distributes on an average day 25 million copies every weekday), and among English-language broadsheets, it comes second world-wide, behind only the 2. Broadsheet is the largest of the various Newspaper formats and is characterized by long vertical pages (typically 22 inches or more 6 million daily paid copies of The Times of India. The Times of India ( TOI) is a leading English-language Broadsheet Daily newspaper in India. Its circulation figures are a matter of some dispute, however, as USA Today has many contracts ensuring distribution in hotels, often to customers unaware they are paying for the newspaper. USA Today is distributed in all 50 states.
USA Today was founded in 1982 with the goal of providing a national newspaper in the U. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) S. market, where generally only a single local newspaper was available. Colorful and bold, with many large diagrams, charts, and photographs, it contrasted with the relatively colorless papers of the time such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. A diagram is a 2D geometric symbolic Representation of Information according to some Visualization technique A chart or graph is a type of Information graphic, that represents tabular numeric data and/or functions. A photograph (often shortened to photo) is an Image created by Light falling on a light-sensitive surface usually Photographic film or an electronic Emphasizing its national focus, USA Today became well-known for its national polls on public sentiment. An opinion poll is a survey of Public opinion from a particular sample.
Early on, the initial success of the paper was met with criticism. Many people were hesitant to read a color newspaper and derided it as 'McPaper. A McWord is a word containing the prefix Mc-, derived from the first syllable of the name of the McDonald's restaurant chain ' However, the newspaper has striven to set itself apart in distribution methods as well. The paper is still sold in unique newspaper vending machines with curved edges that resemble television sets. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic USA Today was also eager to latch onto the business traveler and was heavily distributed through airlines, airports, and hotels in addition to other sales outlets. The newspaper was also among the first newspapers to use satellite transmissions to send the final edition of the newspaper to multiple locations across the country for printing and final distribution in those regional markets. This article is about artificial satellites For natural satellites also known as moons see Natural satellite. The innovation of using satellites and regional printing hubs allowed the paper to push back deadlines and include the most recent news and sports scores in each edition. Printing is a process for reproducing text and image typically with ink on Paper using a printing press
In 2001, the newspaper moved into its new 30 acre (120,000 m²) headquarters in McLean, Virginia, a Washington, D.C. suburb. McLean (pronounced "mick-CLANE") is an Unincorporated community located in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. Its original headquarters, the old USA Today and Gannett, Inc. "silver towers", are located in the neighborhood of Rosslyn and are a major landmark on the Washington skyline.
In 2006, the USA Today increased its price of a copy from 50 cents to 75 cents per copy.
The newspaper's motto, appearing on the top and bottom levels of the nameplate, is The Nation's Newspaper - #1 in the USA. A name plate identifies and displays a person or product's name
USA Today is known for synthesizing news down to easy-to-read-and-comprehend stories. Each edition consists of four sections: News (the oft-labeled "front page" section), Money, Sports, and Life. On Fridays, two Life sections are included: the regular Life for entertainment (subtitled Weekend; section E), which features television, a DVD column, film reviews and trends, and a travel supplement called Destinations & Diversions (section D). Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Film review redirects here for the similar sounding Film revue please visit Revue#Film revues. The paper does not print on Saturdays and Sundays. USA Today prints each complete story on the front page of the respective section with exception to the cover story. The cover story is a longer story that requires a jump (readers must turn to another page in the paper to complete the story, usually the very next page, page 2 of that section).
Each section is denoted by a certain color to differentiate sections beyond lettering and is seen in a box the top-left corner of the first page, with News being blue (section A), Money with green (section B), red for Sports (section C), and purple for Life (section D). Blue is a Colour, the Perception of which is evoked by Green is a Color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a Wavelength of roughly 520–570- nm. Red is any of a number of similar Colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of Light discernible by the human eye in the wavelength Purple is a general term for the range of shades of Color occurring between Red and Blue. orange is used for bonus sections (section E or above), which are published occasionally such as for business travel trends and the Olympics; other bonus sections for sports (such as for the PGA Tour preview, NCAA Basketball Tournaments, Memorial Day auto races (Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600), NFL opening weekend and the Super Bowl) previously used the orange color, but now use the sports red in their bonus sections. The colour orange occurs Business travel, or travel management as it is often referred to is on the rise especially with foreign business markets opening up The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the main professional Golf tours in the United States. Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (on May in) The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, often shortened to Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500, and historically known simply as "The 500" is an American The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) and also known as the "Coke 600" is a in length Stock car race held annually at Lowe's Motor Speedway The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
In many ways, USA Today is set up to break the typical newspaper layout. Some examples of that divergence from tradition include using the left-hand quarter of each section as reefers, sometimes using sentence-length blurbs to describe stories inside. It is also the only paper in the United States to utilize the Gulliver font, which is used for both headlines and stories. In Typography, a typeface is a set of one or more Fonts designed with stylistic unity each comprising a coordinated set of Glyphs A typeface usually comprises  Being a national newspaper, USA Today cannot focus on the weather for any one city. Therefore, the entire back page of the News section is used for weather maps and temperature lists for the entire United States and many cities throughout the world. In the bottom left-hand corner of the weather page is a graphic called "Weather Focus," which explains different meteorological phenomena. On Mondays, the Money section uses its back page to present an unusual graphic depicting the performance of various industry groups as a function of quarterly, monthly and weekly movements against the S&P 500. The S&P 500 is a Stock market index containing the stocks of 500 Large-Cap Corporations all of which are from the United States.
Book coverage, including reviews and a national sales chart is seen on Thursdays in Life, with the official full A.C. Nielsen television ratings chart printed on Wednesdays or Thursdays, depending on release. ACNielsen is a global Marketing research firm with worldwide headquarters in New York City. The paper also publishes the Mediabase survey for several genres of music, based on radio airplay spins on Tuesdays, along with their own chart of the top ten singles in general on Wednesdays. Mediabase is a division of Premiere Radio Networks, located in Sherman Oaks California. Advertising coverage is seen in the Monday Money section, which often includes a review of a current television ad, and after Super Bowl Sunday, a review of the ads aired during the broadcast with the results of the Ad Track live survey. Advertising is a form of Communication that typically attempts to persuade potential Customers to Purchase or to consume more of a particular Brand professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL
One of the staples of the News section is a state-by-state roundup of headlines. The summaries consist of paragraph-length Associated Press reports highlighting one story of note in each state, the District of Columbia, and one U. The Associated Press ( AP) is an American News agency. The AP is a Cooperative owned by its contributing Newspapers radio Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D S. territory.
Some traditions have been retained, however. The lede still appears on the upper-right hand of the front page. News style (also journalistic style or news writing) is the particular Prose style used for News reporting (ie Commentary and political cartoons occupy the last few pages of the News section. Stock and mutual fund data are presented in the Money section. But USA Today is sufficiently different in aesthetics to be recognized on sight, even in a mix of other newspapers, such as at a newsstand. The overall design and layout of USA Today has been described as both neo-Victorian and Impressionist. Impressionism was a 19th-century Art movement that began as a loose association of Paris -based Artists exhibiting their art publicly in the 1860s 
Also, in most of the sections' front pages, on the lower left hand corner, are "USA Today Snapshots", which give statistics of various lifestyle interests according to the section it is in (for example, a snapshot in "Life" could show how many people tend to watch a certain genre of television show based upon the type of mood they are in at the time). These "Snapshots" are shown through graphs which are made up of various illustrations of objects that roughly pertain to the graphs subject matter (using the example above, the graph's bars could be made up of several TV sets, or ended by one). These are usually loosely based on research by a national institute (with the source in the box below the graph in fine print to show credit).
Starting in February 2008, the newspaper added a magazine supplement called Open Air, appearing several times a year.
In March 2004, the newspaper was hit by a major scandal when it was revealed that Jack Kelley, a long-time USA Today correspondent and nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, had been fabricating stories. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Jack Kelley was a longtime USA Today reporter and nominee and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, The newspaper did an extensive review of Kelley's stories, including sending investigators to Cuba, Israel and Jordan, and sifting through stacks of hotel records to determine if Kelley was in the locations he claimed to be filing stories from. The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (الأردنّ al-Urdunn) is an Arab country in Southwest Asia spanning the southern Kelley resigned, but denied the charges. The paper's publisher, Craig Moon, issued a public apology on the front page of the newspaper. Many remarked on the similarity of this scandal to that of the Jayson Blair situation at the New York Times, although it received less national attention. Jayson Blair (born March 23, 1976, Columbia Maryland) is a journalist who was forced to resign from the New York Times in May 2003
In May 2006, USA Today reported that the National Security Agency had been working with AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth to compile “the largest database in the world,” according to the anonymous sources inside the agency that went public. Journalism scandals are high-profile incidents or acts whether intentional or accidental that run contrary to the generally accepted ethics and standards of journalism, or May 2006 was a month with thirty-one days The following events also occurred during the month The National Security Agency/ Central Security Service ( NSA/CSS) is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States government Before proposing a merge request please see Talk and see if the merger you propose has recently been made and "Verizon" redirects here this article is about the corporation see also Verizon Wireless, Verizon Online DSL and Verizon FiOS. BellSouth Corporation is an American Telecommunications holding company based in Atlanta Georgia.  This allowed the paper to uncover a new facet of the agency and further upset the White House after the New York Times revealed the Bush administration authorized the NSA to wiretap international phone calls and e-mails traveling within the U. S. 
Both stories challenged the administration's ability to spy on alleged terrorists without a judge’s approval, a provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act established in 1978. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (" FISA ",) is an Act of Congress which prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic Surveillance But unlike the Times' story, the USA Today story provoked private telecommunications companies to enter the debate amid the initial developments for the next Telecommunications Act, popularly nicknamed the "net neutrality" or "equal internet access" bill.
On June 29, 2006, a press release for AT&T stated, “The U.S. Department of Justice has stated that AT&T may neither confirm nor deny AT&T's participation in the alleged NSA program because doing so would cause ‘exceptionally grave harm to national security’ and would violate both civil and criminal statutes. Events 512 - A Solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. For animal rights group see Justice Department (JD The United States Department of Justice ( DOJ) is a Cabinet department ” BellSouth, which announced its merger with AT&T on March 5, denies releasing any records to the NSA  and requested the newspaper retract claims in its story asserting BellSouth “provided phone records of its customers to NSA. Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a ” “Both BellSouth and Verizon Communications Inc. , another company cited in the story, denied this week that they provided the calling records,” according to the AP.  On June 30, USA Today published a statement: “The denial was unexpected. Events 350 - Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed by troops of the Usurper The newspaper had spoken with BellSouth and Verizon for several weeks about the substance of the report. ”
On August 17, 2006, U. Events 986 - A Byzantine army was destroyed in the pass of Trajan's Gate by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit issued a 43-page ruling stating the program is unconstitutional, but did not immediately suspend the program and grants a temporary stay, in which the Bush administration and the American Civil Liberties Union continue fighting the program's legality in the case ACLU v. NSA. Anna Diggs Taylor (born Anna Katherine Johnston 1932 Washington D American Civil Liberties Union et al v National Security Agency / Central et al
Taylor’s ruling states the program violates the FISA court standards, which provide oversight for all wire taps. The FISA court provides retroactive review of all government wiretaps and allows all government agencies 72 hours before presenting their case for wiretapping before the court. “There are no hereditary kings in America and no such powers created by the constitution,” Taylor writes.
The White House issued a statement saying that it disagreed with the decision and declared that the program was legal. 
In a USA TODAY editorial, the staff writes, “Much has changed since terrorists rammed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But one thing that has not is that America is a constitutional democracy with checks and balances. A ruling such as Thursday’s is a useful and forceful affirmation of that. ”
In 1988, an attempt was made to bring the breezy style of USA Today to television. The result was the syndicated series USA Today on TV, which was a joint venture between Gannett and producer Grant Tinker. Grant A Tinker (born January 11, 1925) is the former chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981 to 1986 co-founder of MTM Enterprises, and Correspondents on the series included Edie Magnus, Robin Young, Boyd Matson, Kenneth Walker, Dale Harimoto, Ann Abernathy, Bill Macatee, and Beth Ruyak. As with the USA Today tabloid, the show was divided into four "sections" corresponding to the different parts of the paper - News, Money, Sports, and Life.