What Is a Newspaper?

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A newspaper is a periodical publication that contains information about current events. It is published at regular intervals, such as daily or weekly. Newspapers typically contain news articles, editorials (sometimes called op-eds), and classified ads. They are often accompanied by illustrations, maps, or photographs. Many newspapers also contain cultural content such as books reviews and movie listings.

A popular example of a newspaper is the New York Daily News. Founded in 1919, it is one of the most widely distributed newspapers in the United States. Today, the paper is owned by tronc, which acquired it in 2017 from Mortimer Zuckerman. The Daily News is known for its intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, and comics, as well as its stance on controversial issues. It has long had a conservative bias, but in recent years has shifted to the moderate-to-liberal side of the spectrum. The paper is usually contrasted with the rival New York Post, which has a more right-wing bias.

The newspaper business has been undergoing major changes since the rise of television and online news sources. In the past, many newspapers had high market penetration, which meant that most households in a region received a copy. This has fallen to below 100 percent in recent years, due mainly to competition from other media. As a result, some newspapers have closed or are consolidating their operations.

Despite the changing market conditions, some newspapers continue to thrive. Some are aimed at a particular market, such as local or regional papers. Others are geared to an interest group, such as college students or sports fans. Still others are focused on a specific topic, such as agriculture or finance.

In early modern Europe, increased cross-border interaction created a demand for quick and reliable information. To satisfy this need, local governments began to publish concise handwritten news-sheets in the mid-16th century. These notizie scritte cost one gazetta, a small coin, and were used to convey political, military, and economic news quickly from city to city. Although they shared some features of traditional newspapers, they are generally not considered true newspapers by scholars.

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of the printed newspaper from its inception on January 28, 1878 through December 31, 2021. The archive was created through the generosity of an anonymous Yale alumnus, and it is made possible by an ongoing gift from the same benefactor to support its continued maintenance and expansion.

In addition to the archived daily editions, the Yale Daily News also publishes a Saturday supplement, WEEKEND, and special issue issues such as the Yale-Harvard game day issue, the Commencement issue, and the first year issue. These issues are designed in collaboration with Yale’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups. The Daily News is the oldest college newspaper in the United States.