What Is a Newspaper?

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A newspaper is a publication consisting of news and other articles printed on paper of any size, usually including photographs, often folded to form multiple pages. Generally newspapers are published daily or weekly and feature articles on local, national and international news, political events and personalities, business, sports, crime, weather, and other current events. Some are also published in a magazine format. Newspapers with high journalistic standards and large circulation are considered newspapers of record or newspapers of general interest.

The Yale Daily News has been a source of news for students at Yale University since 1878, making it the oldest college daily newspaper in the United States and one of the first in North America. Former YDN editors and writers have gone on to become leaders in journalism, public service, government and private business, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Paul Steiger, and Calvin Trillin. The YDN Historical Archive offers access to over 140 years of printed issues of the newspaper.

In the mid-19th century, increased European travel and commerce created a demand for rapid dissemination of current affairs. This was met by the introduction of concise handwritten news-sheets called notizie scritte, sold for one gazetta, or small coin. These did not meet the classical criteria of a newspaper, but they provided much-needed information.

Modern newspapers are widely available and often distributed at no cost to subscribers. They are often published on a large scale and include extensive advertising, but most have a high level of editorial independence. They are often regarded as public utilities and serve as sources of local, national, and international news.

The New York Daily News, founded in 1919, is a tabloid newspaper owned by tronc and headquartered at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan. It is the ninth most circulated newspaper in the United States and is known for its intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, and a variety of other entertainment sections. It has historically favored Republicanism and supported isolationism, but its stance became moderate to liberal after World War II.

Other well-known newspapers in the United States include The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition to the major metropolitan papers, there are several state and regional papers as well as a number of specialized publications such as business and investment newspapers, religious publications, and community newspapers.

Many countries with a significant population of foreign-language speakers or tourists offer newspapers in languages other than the official language. In the UK, for example, there are numerous foreign-language newspapers which can be purchased from newsstands and some supermarkets. In Florida, where there is a significant population of French-speaking Canadian tourists (“snowbirds”), newspapers from Quebec are readily available.