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Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter; David Carr Beats LA Times

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2011 at 6:49AM

The top 25 newspapers on Twitter, according to The Wrap's media columnist Dylan Stableford, are led by the New York Times-- ahead by a large margin but not growing as fast as many others--followed by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and in fifth place, The Los Angeles Times.
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The top 25 newspapers on Twitter, according to The Wrap's media columnist Dylan Stableford, are led by the New York Times-- ahead by a large margin but not growing as fast as many others--followed by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and in fifth place, The Los Angeles Times.

That is, unless you count the NYT's web-savvy media columnist David Carr (@carr2n: "David Carr writes Media Equation column, blogs @ Decoder & covers pop culture at NY Times. Tweets news, ephemera and links. Thinks Web nice is the new black.") as a newspaper on his own. His Twitter following of more than 310,000 puts him well ahead of the LAT. That tells you something about the power of a single voice authentically interacting with readers.

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Carr admitted at my Sundance panel on Andrew Rossi's doc Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times that the NYT brand makes all the difference: “I have this nice, personal brand, but the fact that it’s stapled to this huge megaphone is what makes it important."

Carr, the author of the confessional memoir The Night of the Gun, about his years of drug addiction, also has a canny sense of self-promotion, as many successful web celebs do; he will be an even bigger name after Page One opens on June 17.

UPDATE: It's also worth noting that Rupert Murdoch's stab at an iPad-friendly online newspaper, The Daily, faces tough times ahead.

[Chart courtesy of The Wrap, photo of David Carr courtesy Ray Pride, Movie City News.]

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Lists, Media, Twitter


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.