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20+ Best Premium News WordPress Themes for Modern 2020 Media Sites

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Ever since the first publication of a newsletter back in 1609, right up until modern day, newspapers and magazines have been an effective and convenient way to receive and consume information, especially news. 

Although physical newspapers are still widely available, printed newspapers saw their popularity peak in 1990 and have since seen a downfall and wide decline in consumption. Most news outlets have naturally moved towards providing online versions alongside their printed news and many are looking at a future of web-exclusive publications.

Digital News Report2019 population proportions which consume news digitally
2019 percentages of populations which consume news digitally (including social media). Source: Digital News Report

Several studies have shown that the audiences of offline news outlets have either transitioned alongside the publications to the web or simply have disappeared. 

Premium Media and News WordPress Themes

For all the reasons noted above we have compiled a collection of more than 20 premium media WordPress themes that we believe will well suit your next news website, magazine or blog. With a focus on content, imagery, and an optimized reading experience, the showcased themes will be great when comes to redesigning your existing website or setting the tone for your new one. 

When you consider a premium WordPress news Theme, look-out for:

  • Big sliders, headers, and a focus on imagery as content-heavy websites with no visual media such images or videos in them tend to engage the audience less.
  • Beautiful typography choices, as solid typography tends to go hand-in-hand with well-designed news and magazine themes.
  • Multiple sharing options for your articles and content as this is one of the most effective ways of increasing your audience and maintaining engagement within the existing one.
Premium Media and News WordPress Themes
Media and News WordPress Themes available on Themeforest

1. The Issue - Versatile Magazine Wordpress Theme by fuelthemes

The Issue is a versatile magazine premium news WordPress theme powered by a simple setup process and an easy to use interface. 

With a beautiful design, more than 8,000 possible homepage layout combinations and multiple post layouts & article detail options, this theme is a great choice when it comes to choosing a news and editorial WordPress theme. 

The Issue - Versatile Magazine Wordpress Theme by fuelthemes
The Issue - Versatile Magazine Wordpress Theme by fuelthemes

2. Zeen | Next Generation Magazine WordPress Theme

Zeen is a well-coded and beautifully designed premium theme that is one of the best news WordPress themes currently available on the market. 

With an easy to set up structure and a multitude of unique layouts and WooCommerce integration, Zeen has a plentitude of clever features, including but not limited to: lightning-fast live search powered by ajax, a dark-themed design, automatic retina images and a blank page template which comes included that would come in handy for the advanced users who’d like to build something on a blank canvas.

Zeen  Next Generation Magazine WordPress Theme
Zeen | Next Generation Magazine WordPress Theme

3. Contentberg - Content Marketing & Personal Blog

ContentBerg is a minimalist premium WordPress news theme that puts an emphasis on the content in order to make it more readable and friendly to your readership. 

With a feature-rich backend and full Gutenberg compatibility, the Contentberg theme will delight with its fully responsive design, several homepage layouts, and block-based layout designs.

Contentberg - Content Marketing  Personal Blog
Contentberg - Content Marketing & Personal Blog

4. PenNews - Multi-Purpose AMP WordPress Theme

PenNews is a powerful WordPress news design created to help you set up a magazine or news website in no time! With a drag & drop functionality, great designs, and extended support included, the theme will serve you well for a multitude of purposes. 

The theme comes with a one-click install for any demo, with Google AMP and Facebook Instant Article supported and validated, and a bunch of premium plugins which will make purchasing this theme a bargain.

PenNews - Multi-Purpose AMP WordPress Theme
PenNews - Multi-Purpose AMP WordPress Theme

5. MagPlus - Blog, Magazine Elementor WordPress Theme

MagPlus is a premium WordPress theme that will well suit a blog, magazine, or review-based website. It comes with more than 40+ demos, the Elementor site builder, custom cache system and GDPR compliance by default. 

With WooCommerce integration, optimization for Gutenberg and 160+ Elements & Modules this theme will help you get started easily and set up a great looking and beautiful news website.

MagPlus - Blog Magazine Elementor WordPress Theme
MagPlus - Blog, Magazine Elementor WordPress Theme

6. JNews - WordPress Newspaper Magazine Blog AMP Theme

JNews promotes itself as being an all-in-one solution that comes with endless possibilities in crafting great and functional websites. With over 120+ homepages that are well suited for news, magazine or blog-styled websites, the automatic import feature will allow replication in one simple click. 

With an easy customization process that is powered by a drag and drop header builder, the WPBakery visual composer, and a front-end visual composer editor - this theme offers a great blend of design, customization options, and performance. 

JNews - WordPress Newspaper Magazine Blog AMP Theme
JNews - WordPress Newspaper Magazine Blog AMP Theme

7. Zox News - Professional WordPress News & Magazine Theme

Zox News is another great premium WordPress news theme that gives you a wide range of tools and options that will elevate the look of your website in almost no time! Zox News comes with a mobile-first design, 8 article layouts, and 4 features posts layouts that come with some nice parallax effects and a reviewer plugin. 

The theme also comes with WooCommerce integration, child themes, and SEO optimization which will help in better positioning in SERPs.

Zox News - Professional WordPress News  Magazine Theme
Zox News - Professional WordPress News & Magazine Theme

8. Jannah - Newspaper Magazine News BuddyPress AMP

Jannah is a content marketing-oriented theme that comes with a plentitude of fresh responsive designs, new features, a complete 1-click install demos, and lifetime free updates. 

With Gutenberg support, AMP integration, WooCommerce, and multiple skins, Jannah also comes with unlimited footer and header layouts. This theme will suit your needs greatly if you’re looking for savvy customization options.

Jannah - Newspaper Magazine News BuddyPress AMP
Jannah - Newspaper Magazine News BuddyPress AMP

9. Gillion | Multi-Concept Blog/Magazine & Shop WordPress Theme

Gillion is a premium WordPress news theme that comes with 15+ pre-made high quality and fully functioning website demos that are ready to be published and pushed live ASAP. 

With multi-purpose styles, the theme features a powerful admin interface, the Visual Composer page builder, one-click demo install, and fully responsive layouts. Use Gillion if you want to have the flexibility of multiple design options to choose from.

Gillion  Multi-Concept BlogMagazine  Shop WordPress ThemeGillion  Multi-Concept BlogMagazine  Shop WordPress Theme
Gillion | Multi-Concept Blog/Magazine & Shop WordPress Theme

10. Gridlove - Creative Grid Style News & Magazine WordPress Theme

Gridlove is a creative, grid-styled WordPress theme that puts a focus on magazine and news-oriented websites. With several predefined layouts and templates, this theme will let you have an extraordinary website in no time without any coding skills required. 

Gridlove comes with a fully-featured demo website so that you can get started with it as fast as you want and as soon as you’d like to. 

Gridlove - Creative Grid Style News  Magazine WordPress Theme
Gridlove - Creative Grid Style News & Magazine WordPress Theme

11. Click Mag - Viral WordPress News Magazine/Blog Theme

Click Mag is a conversion-oriented premium WordPress news theme that will maximize your conversions and click-through rates. The theme is attractive because of its various social sharing options, trending posts option, SEO optimization. ClickMag will help you deliver the best user experience possible to your readership and visitors.

Click Mag - Viral WordPress News MagazineBlog Theme
Click Mag - Viral WordPress News Magazine/Blog Theme

12. BoomBox — Viral Magazine WordPress Theme

Boombox is a multipurpose, magazine theme that has a top-notch design and an extremely customizable layout. With a multitude of features and a content builder at its foundation, this theme will let you populate news, create quizzes and polls, implement a upvoting/downvoting system and set up several monetization options that will help drive up the revenue.

BoomBox  Viral Magazine WordPress Theme
BoomBox — Viral Magazine WordPress Theme

13. Authentic - Lifestyle Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme

Authentic is a minimal and light premium news WordPress theme that will perfectly suit a lifestyle blog or magazine. With multiple extensive features such as sticky headers, sidebars and share buttons, this theme also comes with more than 350 live customization options and translatable WPML files. 

With an ultra-responsive layout and retina ready icons and graphics, Authentic is a great choice when it comes to setting up a good looking website. 

Authentic - Lifestyle Blog  Magazine WordPress Theme
Authentic - Lifestyle Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme

14. Grand News | Magazine Newspaper WordPress

Grand News is a premium WordPress news theme with a magazine-style layout that puts a focus on editorial capabilities and a clean and minimal style. With specific support for various popular WordPress plugins and a responsive layout that looks great on all devices, the theme comes with predefined unique demos that were designed specifically for news outlets and websites. 

The advanced search options and filtering capabilities will help your readership find their desired content faster and easier.

Grand News  Magazine Newspaper WordPress
Grand News | Magazine Newspaper WordPress

15. Bimber - Viral Magazine WordPress Theme

Bimer is another premium WordPress magazine theme that lets you launch a fully functional viral news website by using the powerful sharing features the theme comes packed with. 

Including (but not limited to) sharing buttons, content filtering by popularity, multiple locations within the layout for advertisements and lightweight code, this theme is a good option amongst the bunch.

Bimber - Viral Magazine WordPress Theme
Bimber - Viral Magazine WordPress Theme

16. GoodLife - Magazine & Newspaper WordPress Theme

GoodLife is another premium WordPress news theme that comes packed with more than 10 unique pre-made demo designs, 4 premium plugins worth more than $100 and a plenitude of extensive functionality. 

With a price that well justifies the cost of the included premium add-ons, GoodLife is a very affordable choice when it comes to picking a premium WordPress theme for your next magazine or blog-styled website.

GoodLife - Magazine  Newspaper WordPress Theme
GoodLife - Magazine & Newspaper WordPress Theme

17. Herald - News Portal & Magazine WordPress Theme

Herald is a premium WordPress news theme that makes use of a modern-styled layout, carefully designed and developed with the purpose to be used by news portals and magazine websites. It has a fully responsive design that scales seamlessly on mobile designs, desktops and tablets alike. 

With a custom advanced theme options panel and more than 500 variations for the article listing layouts, unlimited sidebars, sticky sidebars, and custom widgets you can hardly go wrong with Herald. 

Herald - News Portal  Magazine WordPress Theme
Herald - News Portal & Magazine WordPress Theme

18. Barcelona - Clean News & Magazine WordPress Theme

Barcelona is a clean, simple and easy-to-use news and magazine WordPress theme that has been built with simplicity and flexibility in mind. 

The theme comes packed with a clean page builder, an interface that lets you easily combine 11 different page modules with 6 different featured posts styles.

Barcelona - Clean News  Magazine WordPress Theme
Barcelona. - Clean News & Magazine WordPress Theme

19. Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

Soledad is a premium, heavily-packed WordPress news theme that comes with over 5,000 homepage demos that could be used for multiple purposes. Being compatible with the Elementor Page Builder, the WPBakery Page builder and the 30+ custom elements for Elementor and the WPBakery Page Builder, Soledad is also compatible with GDPR and optimized for great speed. 

Pair this with the 100% responsive design, compatibility with BBPress and BuddyPress and RTL language support and you get a theme that’s hard for others to compete with.

Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme
Soledad - Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

20. Flex Mag - Responsive WordPress News Theme

FlexMag is a great combination of power and simplicity within a WordPress news and magazine theme. Flex Mag doesn’t require any coding knowledge and provides a multitude of options and flexibility that will let you put together the ultimate news site that’s straightforward in terms of usage and uncomplicated from a feature-richness perspective. 

Use its Fly-Out navigation, custom scoreboard, auto-loading for posts and 4 different preset skins to achieve great results in terms of customizable designs and layouts. 

Flex Mag - Responsive WordPress News Theme
Flex Mag - Responsive WordPress News Theme

21. NewsTube - Magazine Blog & Video

NewsTube is a clean, well-organized and fully-responsive premium news WordPress theme. With its fully responsive layout, retina-ready design and many powerful features, the video magazine theme comes with a flexible theme layout and extensive options that allow for easy customization and reaching a website design that’d be exactly the way you’d like.

NewsTube supports video embedding from many popular sites including Youtube, Vimeo, Daily Motion and others. With this, creating great video channels and playlists won’t be a challenge. 

NewsTube - Magazine Blog  Video
NewsTube - Magazine Blog & Video

That’s It Folks!

This concludes our showcase of premium media WordPress themes that we have put together. We hope it has been useful and we’re eager to hear in the comment section below which one is your favorite and how you plan on making the most of it!

Even More Editorial and Media WordPress Themes

We’ve rounded up even more news and media themes for your next WordPress website, including some tips for designing your own–take a look at these example, hot off the press!

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