A newspaper is a publication printed on newsprint and usually consisting of several articles pertaining to current events, either locally, nationally or internationally. The main purpose is to inform the public about these events and issues. Newspapers may be published daily, weekly or monthly and often include editorials.
The most common newspapers are broadsheets and tabloids. Broadsheets are full-sized papers (600 mm
Historically, most newspapers have been printed in black ink, although some now use color to emphasize specific sections or news items. A few papers use a small amount of photographic reproduction, and most have classified advertisements. A few newspapers also publish periodic supplements or special issues.
The newspaper industry is evolving as new technologies are developed for electronic delivery of the news and information. However, despite the increasing popularity of new media, printed newspapers remain popular in many regions and countries.
Many people read the news on a regular basis to keep up with what is happening in their communities and around the world. The majority of readers prefer to receive their news from a newspaper rather than on the Internet or on television. A newspaper provides a more complete account of events, is often easier to read and can be picked up at local businesses and stores.
Originally, newspapers were written and edited by journalists who had expert knowledge of the subject about which they are writing. Today, the journalists are usually employed by a newspaper and are called reporters or correspondents. They are assisted by editors, copy editors and proofreaders. They are also supported by photographers and graphic artists who provide pictures and illustrations to the articles. In larger papers, the staff is further divided into departments that are specialized in different areas of reporting and publishing, such as editorial, production/printing, circulation and advertising.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college newspaper and has been financially and editorially independent since its founding on January 28, 1878. The News is published each weekday during the academic year and serves the campus community of Yale University and New Haven, Connecticut. The News features national and international news; opinions; sports, arts and entertainment news; and classified ads. In addition to the regular newspaper, the News also publishes a Friday supplement and annual special issues in celebration of Yale’s Indigenous, Black and AAPI communities. The News is the primary source of news and information for students at Yale and in New Haven. Its writers and editors have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and in public life.