A newspaper is a publication containing news, information and opinion in printed form. It is published regularly, usually daily or weekly. It contains articles about current events, politics and the world in general. It may also contain comics, classified ads, a sports section and an editorial page. Newspapers are often based on print technology, but can also be produced using audiovisual media and electronic delivery systems. They may be sold or distributed free of charge or for a fee, and are generally available in many languages and regions.
Traditionally, newspapers were primarily published on paper and were available through subscriptions, newsstands and shops. Today, most newspapers are available on a variety of electronic platforms, including websites, mobile apps and social media. Newspapers are typically characterized by their periodicity and the fact that they present news in an organized and accessible manner.
The content of a newspaper is typically edited and written by journalists, with the assistance of photographers and other graphic artists. Journalists who specialize in one subject area are referred to as reporters and those who write opinion articles (called “op-eds” in the United States) as columnists. Newspapers are also often categorized by their intended audience, with some serving as the voice of a particular political party or faction, while others offer analysis and synthesis that attempt to translate the raw data of the news into an understanding of what it all means.
A key measure of a newspaper’s success is its market penetration, which is the percentage of households receiving it in its market area. Historically, newspaper market penetration was relatively high, but in recent decades it has been declining as other media outlets compete for readers’ attention.
There are also some newspapers that focus on groups of readers defined more by their interests than by location, such as business papers or sports papers. In addition, some newspapers are distributed only within limited regional areas; for example, a weekly newspaper might serve the gay community in a city or the residents of a small island.
Daily News is a tabloid-style newspaper with a liberal to moderate political lean, founded in 1919. Currently owned by tronc, the newspaper is headquartered at 4 New York Plaza in Manhattan. It is the ninth most-read newspaper in the United States and the most widely circulated among the major metropolitan newspapers, printing 200,000 copies per day. Its AllSides Media Bias Rating is Left, which indicates that it has a bias toward liberal ideas and policy agendas. Its rival is the New York Post, a conservatively biased newspaper. The Yale Daily News Historical Archive contains digitized versions of the newspaper since 1878. The archive is accessible online.