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Express in a newspaper rack in Rockville, Maryland, on May 11, 2018.
|Type||Free weekday newspaper|
Nash Holdings, LLC|
|Associate editor||Serena Golden|
|Managing editor, design||Jenn Kendle|
|Sports editor||Gabe Hiatt|
|Founded||August 4, 2003|
|Headquarters||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Sister newspapers||The Washington Post|
|Free online archives||Yes|
The Express is a free daily newspaper, distributed in the Washington metropolitan area. It is a publication of The Washington Post. As of 2017[update], it has the second highest circulation in the District of Columbia after The Washington Post, and is read by 239,500 people every day.:14
The Express has been published every weekday in a tabloid format since it started publication on August 4, 2003. It is distributed by hawkers at Washington Metro stations and in newspaper racks at other locations throughout the Washington metropolitan area. It is owned and printed by the Washington Post Company, owner of The Washington Post, which is itself owned by Jeff Bezos through a holding company called Nash Holdings LLC. As of 2012[update], it had a daily print circulation of 180,000. The Express is published by Express Publications Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington Post Company.
Express is written and edited from the Washington Post's office on Franklin Square in Washington, D.C. Prior to 2010, it was produced from an office in Arlington, Virginia. Printing the newspaper requires over 700 tons of newsprint annually.
Although it has the same owner as The Washington Post, few of the hard-news stories are written by Post staff. Express relies on syndicated content and wire services—particularly the Associated Press and Getty images—for most of its content. In general, Express' content tends to be lighter than the Post's—it includes sections like "People" (celebrity gossip), "Trending" (social media and Internet culture), and "page three" and "eyeopeners" (highlighting uplifting or humorous stories)—and tends to emphasize local and sports news more than the Post. The cover story of Express is often a sports story, for instance.:4-5
Express always includes a special section, which is different each weekday. These sections are:
Express also runs some special advertising sections—such as the Guide to the Lively Arts and the Religious Services Directory—as well as the following special monthly sections::3-4
Express' original stories are available on the washingtonpost.com website. The newspaper is financed solely by advertising.
The newspaper does not have an opinion section or letters to the editor, unlike other newspapers in the local market such as Politico, The Washington Examiner, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times.:5
In January 2017, Express caused some controversy on the Internet when its cover story on the 2017 Women's March used the male gender symbol instead of the female one. Express apologized for the mistake after its cover went viral, and published an image of the cover with the correct female symbol, which they had intended to run.
The newspaper launched a redesign on November 30, 2009, which emphasized a more magazine-style front page, along with a daily cover story; Later on, in 2014, it launched another redesign meant to engage readers more with the paper version rather than on a phone. The paper has doubled in size since its launch, from 24-28 pages in 2003 to 48-60 pages in 2012.
The Express staff also produce a website, ExpressNightOut.com, that features local entertainment and lifestyle coverage.
Content from Express can also be viewed on Washington Post Social Reader, a Facebook-linked website that aggregates content from the various publications owned by the Washington Post Company and partner organizations: The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Root, Express, Slate, and 90 others.
In August 2010, the newspaper launched a mobile application, DC Rider, which is available for iOS devices (iPhone and iPod Touch) and Android devices. The ad-supported app provides status updates for the Washington Metro.
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