The World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper published in North America, covers major U.S., Canadian and international news and is aimed toward recent immigrants from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. The daily paper also covers local and regional news, sports, entertainment, finance and consumer reports. An important purpose of the paper is to keep the Chinese diaspora in North America informed about events occurring in the People's Republic of China and the surrounding region.
Founded in 1976 by Chinese immigrants, the World Journal was originally headquartered in Chinatown, New York, but its offices have since moved across the East River to Whitestone, Queens. It has an extensive readership in North America and is distributed in the Chinatown shopping districts of many cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver and Toronto. Since the mid-1990s, the World Journal editorial staff has aligned itself politically with the People's Republic of China and the pan-blue coalition of Taiwan in an effort to appeal to new immigrants from the Asian mainland and show support for the Chinese Democracy Movement.
The World Journal moved online in 1999 in order to better serve its national readership and added a digital online version to its daily print edition in 2007.