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Write2market’s Top 50 US News Sites (May 2015)

By May 5, 2015 No Comments

In the May 2015 edition of Write2market’s Top US News Sites, we have added ownership data. Who are the companies behind the largest US News websites? It turns out there are only 2 non-profit owned pay day loans in the top 50. A total of 19 websites have public companies behind them and most notably, 5 of the top 10 websites are publicly owned.

NEWSFLASH: Now that Verizon bought AOL – it has bought itself the #3 website Huffpost! 

In other news: NYTimes took the #2 spot on the list from Huffpost (now #3). Lifebuzz.com had the biggest gain, climbing to #34!

The news sites that matter most, in rank order

Here are the Write2market Top 50 US News Sites – based on their May 2015 Alexa Rankings. We select only news websites that create at some of their own content, so we left out pure aggregator or consolidator news sites. We did include the tech news websites (Techcrunch, Mashable, Gizmodo), but one could call that arbitrary because we did leave out TheKitchn.com (303) that has great recipes.

 

A lot has been said in the past about Alexa (Quantcast, Comscore) rankings and their (in)accuracy. It would be great if every outlet ranked on the Write2Market Top 50 News Sites shared their real numbers.

We’ll update our Write2Market Top 50 News Sites Ranking every quarter and are very open to have the discussion in the meantime if you have updates or observations on this list. (editor@write2market.com) Stay tuned for more updates and insights!

 

Rank May 2015 Rank January2015 Change Website Alexa US Rank (5/5) Quantcast Private
Public
Non-Profit
Money raised  Owner
1 1 0 CNN.com 23 158 Public NYSE:TWX
2 3 1 NYTimes.com 30 470 Public NYSE:NYT
3 2 -1 Huffpost.com 31 #N/A Public NYSE:AOL (WILL BE NYSE:VZ, Verizon!)
4 4 0 Buzzfeed.com 39 8 Private 96.3 https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/buzzfeed
5 5 0 Foxnews.com 46 #N/A Private https://www.google.com/finance?cid=5900219
6 7 1 Washingtonpost.com 58 #N/A Private Nash Holdings (Jeff Bezos)
7 6 -1 Cnet.com 68 146 Public NYSE:CBS
8 8 0 Forbes.com 73 #N/A Private https://www.google.com/finance?cid=11104259
9 10 1 Usatoday.com 79 378 Public NYSE:GCI
10 9 -1 Businessinsider.com 82 654 Private 55.6 https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/business-insider
11 13 2 Wsj.com 108 418 Public NASDAQ:NWSA
12 12 0 Lifehacker.com 117 124 Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/gawker-media
13 14 1 NPR.org 126 #N/A Non-profit Non profit
14 11 -3 Gizmodo.com 138 109 Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/gawker-media
15 22 7 drudgereport.com 140 188 Private Matt Drudge
16 21 5 nbcnews.com 144 41 Public NASDAQ: CMCSA
17 18 1 Tmz.com 145 52 Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tmz
18 29 11 bloomberg.com 153 #N/A Private http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomberg_L.P.
19 24 5 time.com 154 #N/A Public NYSE:TIME
20 17 -3 Gawker.com 160 135 Private Gawker Media
21 16 -5 Mashable.com 166 658 Private 31 https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/mashable
22 27 5 latimes.com 167 629 Public NYSE: TPUB
23 15 -8 Engadget.com 168 #N/A Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/engadget
24 20 -4 abcnews.go.com 169 #N/A Public NYSE:DIS
25 31 6 WesternJournalism.com 182 590 Private Liftable Media Inc.
26 25 -1 slate.com 187 #N/A Private http://www.ghco.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=62487&p=irol-landing
27 26 -1 nydailynews.com 191 36 Private http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortimer_Zuckerman
28 19 -9 Foodnetwork.com 202 208 Public NYSE: SNI
29 23 -6 theverge.com 205 140 Private 107 https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/vox-media
30 42 12 cbs.com 233 494 Public 25 NYSE:CBS
31 38 7 cbsnews.com 237 492 Public NASDAQ: CMCSA
32 37 5 ew.com 247 478 Public NYSE:TIME
33 33 0 cnbc.com 255 288 Public NASDAQ: CMCSA
34 48 14 lifebuzz.com 257 429 Private Lifebuzz Media LLC
35 34 -1 marketwatch.com 284 #N/A Public NASDAQ:NWSA
36 39 3 thedailybeast.com 288 #N/A Private http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Business_Times
37 30 -7 wired.com 292 #N/A Private http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_Publications
38 43 5 salon.com 303 122 Public OTCMKTS:SLNM
39 28 -11 techcrunch.com 325 #N/A Public NYSE:AOL
40 44 4 chron.com 330 667 Private Hearst media
41 40 -1 pbs.org 339 400 Non-profit Non profit
42 32 -10 fool.com 346 175 Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/the-motley-fool
43 35 -8 reuters.com 350 679 Public NYSE:TRI
44 36 -8 pcmag.com 359 #N/A Private Ziff Davis
45 41 -4 theatlantic.com 371 665 Private http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Media
46 47 1 vox.com 403 108 Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/vox-media
47 49 2 tomshardware.com 437 #N/A Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/toms-hardware
48 46 -2 rollingstone.com 449 80 Private 107 ACP Magazines, Ltd.
49 50 1 nymag.com 529 #N/A Private https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/new-york-media
50 45 -5 elitedaily.com 552 #N/A Private DMG Media (UK)

Source: Alexa.com US Ranking, Quantcast Top sites